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Al­low­ing preg­nant ewes to eat ivy is thought to aid lamb­ing. Wear­ing a cap of ivy leaves is said to cure bald­ness.

Ivy grown on a house will pro­tect the res­i­dents from witch­craft. Crushed ivy leaves are good for corns. The preacher John Wesley walked up to 5,000 miles a year and reg­u­larly rubbed his feet with ivy leaves to soothe them. Sun­burn is eased by an oint­ment made from boiled ivy twigs and but­ter.

Bruised and boiled ivy leaves help drunks to sober up.

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