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.