Once upon a time, Ground Ivy as well as many other aromatic herbs were used for brewing ales. Brewing recipes varied, depending on the season. Ground Ivy was especially linked to midsummer brews. It is claimed that it enhances the inebriating effect. Ground Ivy was also regarded as a magical herb of protection. In particular it was used as counter-magic against bad spells that affect the cattle's ability to give milk.
Ground Ivy is a wonderful, gentle tonic and blood cleansing herb. It stimulates the endocrine system and the metabolism, which is why it was always included in spring cleansing diets and elixirs. It has traditionally been used to clear chronic or acute congestive conditions of the head and upper respiratory tract, including ear troubles and tinnitus that originate from unresolved ear infection or congestive head colds. Externally it has also been used as a wash to treat slow healing, festering wounds and sore gums.
Ground Ivy increases perceptive powers, and enhances extrasensory perception: auras may become visible, energy fields may be felt, ghosts, spirits and other inhabitants of the Otherworld may become apparent.
Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children, or if you are unwell, or taking any medication. If in doubt, please ask a medical herbalist or healthcare practitioner.