Botanical Name: Glechoma hederacea
Energetics: Cooling, drying
Major Properties: Carminative, diuretic, expectorant, circulatory stimulant
Examples of Uses: Plugged ears with low motivation, used historically for kidney and hearing issues, plugged ears, chronic respiratory problems, and so much more!
Parts Used: All parts anytime, but perhaps strongest when blooming
Tincture - made from fresh, blooming plant
Fresh - tea, add to salads
Oh, how we struggled to rid our yard of creeping Charlie prior to my herbal learning. Now to find out it can help with much of what ails us - we should have been eating it instead!
Creeping Charlie is a great example of the "doctrine of signatures". The kidney/bean shaped leaves correspond to its affinity for all sorts of problems involving the kidneys. In TCM, the ears are the sensory organs related to the kidneys. Interestingly, creeping Charlie has also proven effective for "old hearing loss" as well as hearing that is decaying and plugged ears (particularly with low motivation as kidneys are associated with energy levels).
I also think the ears look a bit like lungs, too, and often turn to creeping Charlie for chronic respiratory issues such as chronic bronchitis, which I have found it very useful for.
Another interesting, historical use of creeping Charlie is for cancer.
I've heard of its use with chronic candida - worth trying.
Could aid with environmental allergies where one feels a headache between the eyes.
Could also help with a dull, congestive, passive headache from a cold or allergies, where one feels "thick in the head", I would attribute this to its circulatory stimulant properties.
As I am writing this, I am realizing anew how amazing creeping Charlie is - I need to play with it a bit more I think!
This brief overview merely highlights my observations. There is, of course, a great deal of information that you can find on the Internet or in books. Or better yet - get together with other herbalists and share your experiences!
Please add your own experiences so that together we can create a more comprehensive overview.
As always, if you have a chronic ailment that is not resolving itself or an acute issue, seek the attention of your physician.