Dried Ivy Leaf Extract History | Helixia

The history of ivy leaf

So why all of this therapeutic interest in ivy leaf, and how far does it date back? Check out our timeline to discover some of ivy leaf’s high points and breakthroughs.

460 to 375 BC

The use of ivy dates back to ancient Greek times, with none other than Hippocrates—“The Father of Medicine”—touting ivy’s healing properties for a variety of ailments.

1098 to 1179

A physician named Hildegard von Bingen recommends ivy for external use (believing, wrongly, that the disease is transferred from the patient to the plant).


Leonardo da Vinci also attests to the healing powers of ivy and notes that wild boars use it to cure their ailments.

16th century

Ivy is increasingly used in the treatment of inflammatory bronchial conditions.

19th century

Ivy goes from a home remedy to a natural cough medication that is taken seriously in the modern world.


Dried ivy leaf extract has been used as an active ingredient in the treatment of coughs and chronic bronchitis in Europe for over 20 years and has been available in Canada for 5 years under the Helixia brand.

Ivy leaf vs. poison ivy

“Leaves of three, let them be.”

Poison ivy is a plant that causes an irritating inflammation of the skin upon contact. Stay away!

“Leaves of five, let them thrive.”

Common English ivy, or Hedera helix (see where the name of our cough syrup comes from?), is a plant used for therapeutic and medicinal purposes.

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