Viscum alba loranthaceae
Also Known As
Viscum, herbe de la croix, and lignum cruces
Europe and America
Dried leafy twigs
Traditional Use and Health Benefits
Mistletoe is a nervine. It will calm, soothe and tone the nervous system. It has the ability to slow the pulse rate, lower blood pressure and stimulate contractions of the uterus.
Mistletoe Herbal tincture
1ml to 4 ml up to 3 times a day
Mistletoe Cut herb-
1-2 teaspoons cut herb per 1 cup of boiling water, leave to infuse.
Or as recommended by a herbal practitioner
Folklore and History
In Norse mythology it was the God of peace Balder, that inspired Mistletoe to become the kissing plant. When struck by an arrow, his life was restored so his parents gave Mistletoe to the Norse Goddess of love and she dedicated it to its widely used modern purpose.
Hippocrates and 17th centuary herbalist Culpepper prescribed it for disorders of the spleen. However it was traditionally used for convulsions (epilepsy). Native Americans used it to induce abortion and stimulate contractions during childbirth. American 19th centuary electic physicians forerunners of todays naturopaths, recommended it for epilepsy, typhoid fever,menstrual cramps, and postpartum haemorrage.
Mistletoe contains Viscotoxin ( a cardio-active polypeptide), triterpenoid saponins, choline, histamine, anti-tumour proteins.
Not to be given to children or pregnant women. Do not take if using MAO inhibitor medication, such as some anti-depressants, check with a medical practitioner.