Mistletoe Herb - Herbal Tea
Often associated with Christmas and kissing, Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that grows in the branches of trees.
Mistletoe has dark green leaves and produces small whitish berries which is thought to be eaten by birds who then pass it through the body in the form of excrement and from this the Mistletoe is deposited in trees where it takes root and grows.
Mistletoe could be found growing in a tree that has lost its leaves from winter cold and possibly due to this the Mistletoe was regarded in high reverence by the ancient Druids who would ceremoniously harvest the herb from trees with a golden knife. It was thought that the possession of Mistletoe would protect the holder from evil.
Mistletoe tea is prepared by mixing 3 teaspoons processed and dried herb in 3 cups cold water and letting it stand over night. This can then be heated before drinking.
Mistletoe Uses & Herbal Remedies
Mistletoe Tea Benefits
In Europe Mistletoe is often used as a cancer treatment.
Mistletoe tea is often used for blood circulation and is thought to increase blood pressure initially and then drop it lower than it originally was.
Mistletoe has been used to treat respiratory problems such as asthma and whooping cough.
Mistletoe can be used to treat menopausal and PMS symptoms.
Traditionally Mistletoe would be placed over the door to prevent the entrance of witches or evil spirits. It was also placed inside of a crib or cradle to prevent fairies from stealing babies and replacing them with Changelings…this is not recommended today.
Raw and unprocessed Mistletoe is poisonous and can cause slow heart rate, vomiting and seizure and even death.
Mistletoe should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
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