Also known as common ivy, Hedera helix is a popular evergreen plant known for climbing up the side of trees and buildings, adding colour wherever it goes.

Preparations from ivy leaves (Hederae helicis folium, Hedera helix) have been used since the time of ancient Greece to prevent intoxication, reduce swelling, and as an aesthetic. Now herbalists use it to treat respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), inflammation and arthritis.

In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, Hedera helix also contains flavonoids which help remove toxins from the body, tighten and strengthen blood vessels and reduce allergies. Ivy Leaf has also been the subject of several clinical trials and non-interventional studies that suggest it may help treat coughs, particularly those associated with hypersecretion of viscous mucus and inflammatory bronchial diseases.


If you’re interested in these benefits, consider Releaf Cough and Cold Syrup, which contains Hedera helix to help relieve both a productive cough and a tight chest. Releaf Cough and Cold Syrup contains Pelargonium, which has shown to reduce the severity of symptoms and shorten the duration of colds. (1)

Releaf Pharma believes all treatment of illness should begin with your doctor’s opinion.

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Carmen Coetzer