Mistletoe (Viscum Album)
Also known as mulberry mistletoe, Loranthus, European mistletoe, this medicinal herb’s Latin name is Viscum album. It is native to North America and most of Europe but is now cultivated in many places all over the world.
Well known in Europe, this plant was historically used for treating nervous disorders and epilepsy. Druids in Europe considered it sacred and hung it at their homes to ward off evil spirits. The Christmas decoration part is derived from this belief.
The Mistletoe is best known for its nervine, emetic, anti-spasmodic, and anodyne properties. Besides epilepsy, this herb is beneficial for hypertension, treatment of insomnia, and cancer prevention. It is also very effective in treating arthritic pain and has been used for countering snoring.
The herb is used in the form of tinctures, teas, and injectable extracts. The USDA recommends that any treatment using the Mistletoe should be done under the supervision of a certified professional as if used wrong it could result in serious side effects.
🡆It is a stimulant and hence, not recommended for pregnant women, as it could trigger untimely uterine contractions.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!