Today, mistletoe (Viscum album) is still a very important ingredient in herbal medicine. It is used to strengthen the heart, to reduce high blood pressure and it is considered one of the best remedies for heart and circulatory complaints. It is also recommended for side-effects of abnormal blood pressure, such as blood rushing to the head, dizziness, buzzing in the ears and visual defects.
Elderly people who have high blood pressure and are in danger of a stroke
can protect themselves by taking 2-3 cups of mistletoe tea daily.
The history of mistletoe, as a recorded treatment for epilepsy, goes back almost 300 years and, as well as being considered a specific remedy for this condition, was also employed to counter convulsions, delirium, hysteria, neuralgia, nervous debility, urinary disorders, heart disease and other complaints arising from a weakened state of the nervous system.
Women going through menopause would be well advised to drink mistletoe which, by normalising circulation, counters hot flushes, feelings of anxiety and palpitation of the heart. Mistletoe can also be used to stem the flow of blood both internally and externally, and I believe it will be once more accepted as a remedy for epilepsy.
Mistletoe is one of the most widely-studied complementary and alternative medicine
therapies in people with cancer. In certain European countries, preparations made from European mistletoe are among the most prescribed drugs for patients with cancer.
Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that grows on several types of common trees such as apple, oak, pine, and elm. Mistletoe extract has been used since ancient times to treat many ailments.
While mistletoe gave birth to the modern tradition of kissing under it at Christmas (a practice established long before the advent of Christ) it should not be mistaken for holly, which is sometimes wrongly called mistletoe.
Remember, mistletoe should always be made as a cold infusion as heat destroys the plant’s medicinal properties.
For a weak heart the following recipe is suitable:
- 50g Hawthorn
- 25g Mistletoe
- 25g Rosemary