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Some of The Many Health Benefits of Creeping Charlie

I was amazed when I opened one of my herbal books to find this pesky ground covering shown there. After spending two weeks researching the many health benefits of Creeping Charlie all I have to say is this plant is amazing!

Here is another amazing herb which may be growing right under your nose. Before you take steps to remove it from your lawn, make your acquaintance with this pretty little ground covering. Some of the names you may know it by are:

  • Glechoma hederacea

  • Cat’s foot

  • Alehoof

  • Creeping Charlie

  • Gill-over-the-ground

  • Gillrun,

  • Hay maids

  • Hedge maids

I took this photo in my back yard. No sooner does the snow melt and Charlie is poking his head up and awakening from his winter slumber.

Place Charlie in containers.

If you decide to let Charlie stay at your home it is wise to either enclose him in such a way that he cannot spread throughout your yard or grow him in containers as he will quickly make himself to home and send other plants packing.

He likes a moist shady soil. He requires no attention. You can mow right over him, and he will soon revive. He is healthy and resilient.

Charlie does not like lime.

Should you decide that this ground covering is not to your liking purchase a bag of lime from your hardware store. Sprinkle it where you want to remove Charlie and you will see him disappear.

Creeping Charlie has been used for many years as a medicine.

“Ground ivy has a long history of use in alternative medicine and as an edible herb, dating back to the first century A.D. it was long considered a panacea (cure-all). Known for it’s hi vitamin C content it is said to be one of the first herb and edible plants brought to the North American continent by early settlers.” – All Nature.com

Marjorie Blamey writes in Flowers of the Countryside that prior to the introduction of hops from Holland, Ground Ivy was used to flavor beer. It was also one of the ingredients used in salads, soups, jams, vegetables, and oatmeal. The Ground Ivy, or Creeping Charlie is a member of the Labiate (Labiatae) family. It is related to many important herbs such as mint, rosemary, marjoram, sage, basil, catnip, pennyroyal, and thyme.

The Complete Book of Herbs written by Lesley Bremnes recommends using an infusion of ground ivy or Glechoma hederacea to help with the relief of stuffiness and catarrh (inflammation of the mucous membranes). A steam can also be made by boiling the leaves and flowers and inhaled to help clear sinuses.

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  1. Sis, you’ve come out with another useful article. God bless you and liked it.

  2. Wow! That’s an amazing plant, though I haven’t seen it over here.
    It sounds as if it will do the work of all the other herbs put together. A great article.

    Chistine

  3. Chan, you were the first to see it published! You are so supportive. Thanks for your comment and God bless!

    Christine, it always makes me wonder how many weeds are really not weeds at all? Thanks so much for your visit.

    Take care & God bless.

  4. …Hi Judy, Hope you are doing well. We can’t call this plant a weed, what an amazing amount of good things it does. Look at the money that could be saved by using Charlie. Excellent article. Thank you.

  5. Quiet Voice, you’ve got that right. We can save tons of money on health remedies, as this is free.

    I hope you are doing well also. Take care & God bless!

  6. Great ways to locate, grow, use and benefit from this weed.thank you for sharing your wisdom to compose this for my education.

  7. I’ve never known this until you post it. This is quite an amazing plant.

  8. I didn’t know anything about this plant. Well, today I learned something new. Unfortunately, I live in an apartment.

  9. Good Post.

  10. Roberta, thanks always for your support!

    Giftarist I had the plant in my yards for several years before I knew what it was.

    Guy, if it can grow in the cracks of my steps and sidewalk it should do very nicely for you in a window planter.

    Thanks so much for your visits. Take care & God bless.

  11. I think all wild plants have a use if we only knew what it was. it’s good to learn about one more.

  12. Hi Judy,

    This is so interesting. I see that all over our yard too! Didn’t know it was so healthy for you. Thanks for the fascinating article. :)

  13. Good detailed work on a plant. Are you a medicinal plant researcher?
    I do a tweet for this.

  14. I have this stuff grown in my yard & flower beds. You can’t kill it by pulling it up as I’ve tried. But I didn’t know it had good properties either. thanks.

  15. This is really great. I knew this would be amazing when you mentioned that you were going to write this article. Thank you for letting us know all of the health benefits to this herb.

  16. Interesting, I had never heard of this. Thanks.

  17. VTech, your comment most have posted while mine was. Sorry. I do appreciate your support.

    Tulan, I agree with you. I believe it would be to our own best interest to study the health benefits of wild plants.

    Deanna, I hope you haven’t uprooted them all yet. :-)

    Fornis, I have a passion for herbal remedies and love researching them. Thanks so much for your support.

    Pam, stop pulling and start nipping. You can benefit from these. :-)

    CA, I found the information on Creeping Charlie to be fascinating. I have a cup full inside my home now and I am dying to try it out.

    Moses, I have over 30 natural health care books and only about five mentioned it, and then I found more information online once I typed in the Latin name. I believe God blessed us with natural herbs for our benefit.

  18. Interesting information.

  19. Learned a lot in this great article Judy.

  20. Excellent manner and very well-written sentence is doing, with useful information includes a good things you have in your article.

    Thanks and cheers.
    Sara

  21. Valli, Jenny, and Sara, thanks for the support.

    Take care & God bless!

  22. Such a little wonder indeed, thanks for sharing this well-researched and nicely presented article, Judy.

  23. Melody,

    Thanks so much for your comment and support.

    Take care & God bless.

  24. Very informative article. I think this doesn’t grow in our country. Let me check out.

  25. Great information :) Nice share

  26. Interesting information. Thanks for sharing this stuff.

  27. Judy, my comment didn’t go through, so I’m trying again!

    You always fascinate me with herbal article. This is a great and informative one. Sorry to get here so late.

  28. Icy, I tried to thank the commenters the other day and my comment would not post either. Fingers crossed and here goes – thanks all for your support. Take care & God bless!

  29. Joyful Squirrel, I’ve been told that also – that our own area produces the wild herbs that would most benefit us.

  30. Haven’t seen one before, looks really a good alternative because it comes with so much benefits.. hope to have one on my backyard too.

  31. The Mind Relaxer, I feel guilty for all the Creeping Charlie I pulled up before I knew. lol

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