What is Mistletoe?
Mistletoe (Viscum album) is a very important ingredient in herbal medicine. While mistletoe gave birth to the modern tradition of kissing under it at Christmas, it should not be mistaken for holly, which is sometimes wrongly called mistletoe.
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.
Mistletoe is one of the most widely studied 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.
History of Mistletoe
The history of mistletoe goes back almost 300 years. It was recorded as a treatment for epilepsy and was also used to remedy 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 advised to drink mistletoe to normalise 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.
Medicinal Properties & Health Benefits of Bedstraw
Mistletoe is used to strengthen the heart, to reduce high blood pressure and is considered one of the best remedies for heart and circulatory complaints. It is also recommended as a treatment for side effects of abnormal blood pressure such as:
- Blood rushing to the head
- Buzzing in the ears
- Visual defects
Herbal Uses of Mistletoe
Mistletoe should always be made as a cold infusion as heat destroys the plant’s medicinal properties. 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.
Mistletoe Tea Recipe
- 50g Hawthorn
- 25g Mistletoe
- 25g Rosemary
Prepare the mixed herbs as a cold infusion and drink one cup before breakfast and one cup in the evening.
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