Gemmotherapy Ilex aquifolium (Holly)

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Latest Edit: Iva Lloyd, ND 2014-02-22 (EDT)

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Ilex aquifolium or English holly, is a tree common to Western Europe that has a slow growth and hard wood. It loves to grow in the underwoods with acidic soil, in the shade of Oaks and European Beeches. The alternating persistent foliage is dense and dark green. The leaves of this tree are leathery, shiny, and covered with thorns. The white or pinkish flowers usually bloom in May-June in the axils of the leaves.[1]

Key notes

  • Diuretic[2]
  • Neurological remedy: anti-epileptic, increases electrical function on dura mater and reduces storms in the brain
  • Skin drainage: through preserving EFA from oxidative damage via hepatoprotective and regeneration of dying cells

Therapeutic actions

Clinical indications


  1. Ledoux Frank and Gueniot Gerard (2012) Phytembryotherapy: The Embryo of Gemmotherapy, Editions Amyris, Spain.
  2. Dr. Reckeweg (2012) Product Catalog, Bio Lonreco. Quebec.