Mistletoe is also known by the names European Mistletoe, Birdlime, Birdlime Mistletoe, Golden Bough, and Goldenbough. Viscum is an evergreen shrub, hemiparasitic on the branches of deciduous trees, particularly oak, chestnut, apple or black poplar. The berries produce a sticky substance known as bird-lime (hence the alternate name). The Latin name Viscum refers to the stickiness of the seeds, a property essential to the propagation of Mistletoe, as its seed must stick to the trunk of its host long enough to germinate and insert a root into the bark for nutrients.
One of the explanations for its common name is that Mistletoe is derived from the Celtic "mil'ioc," meaning "all-heal." The ancient Druids of northern Europe and other pagan groups revered Mistletoe, particularly when it infected oak trees (a rare occurrence). They celebrated the beginning of winter by collecting Mistletoe (by a high ranking priest who cut it with a golden knife) and hanging it in their homes. It is also the legendary "Golden Bough" that saved Aeneas from the underworld in Virgil's poem. In Scandinavia, the God of Peace, Balder, was slain with an arrow made of Mistletoe. Romans, Celtics, and Germans believed that Mistletoe was a key to the supernatural. Mistletoe also stood for sex and fertility. Over time, this reverence of Mistletoe was translated into the Christian ritual of hanging Mistletoe over doorways at Christmas. A berry was removed with each kiss, and when they were gone, the Mistletoe was said to have lost its powers. The custom of kissing under the Mistletoe may be a remnant of pagan orgies held before Mistletoe altars. The young leafy twigs with flowers are used for health benefits. Mistletoe's white berries are potentially toxic and should be avoided.
Mistletoe (Phoradendron flavescens) is similar to European Mistletoe (Viscum album), but has not been widely studied, and therefore should not be substituted for European Mistletoe until more information is available. Mistletoe is sometimes called "False Mistletoe" to distinguish it from the European genus, Viscum album. Herbalists use European Mistletoe to strengthen the heart and to help reduce blood pressure. Combined with Valerian Root and Vervain in equal parts, it makes an excellent nervine tonic. The powdered leaves have been used in supporting epilepsy. The primary chemical constituents may vary according to the host plant, but typically include glycoproteins, polypeptides (viscotoxin), flavonoids, triterpene saponins, caffeic acid, lignans, choline, vitamin C, and histamine.
Test tube and animal studies suggest that European Mistletoe extracts can stimulate insulin secretion from pancreas cells, and may improve blood sugar levels in people with blood sugar level concerns. Given both Mistletoe's tradition around the world for helping people with blood sugar level concerns, and these promising pre-clinical results, human clinical trials are certainly needed to establish Mistletoe's potential for this condition.
This herb is also known to help support pain from headaches caused by high blood pressure. Mistletoe reduces the heart rate, and at the same time strengthens the capillary walls. Its cardiotonic action is thought to be due to the lignans, while the hypotensive action is believed to be due to a choline derivative related to acetylcholine. Choline derivatives bring about parasympathetic stimulation and vasodilatation.
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tani - May 23, 2008, 13:48
Can anyone tell me their experiences with this mistletoe tea? I am very interested in the product for relief of high blood pressure.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 tea bag for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the pot, cover and let steep for 2-4 minutes. Pour into your cup; add milk and sugar to taste.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 tea bags into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea itself. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into the serving pitcher straining the tea bags. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
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-- January 7, 2010
I didnt try this product yet. In the past i had irregular
periods. Someone recommended me this tea. I used to
make it with cold water. After 2 weeks my period came.
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-- December 1, 2011
the Tea it is super good I had help me with my condition.
-- April 29, 2012
I am not sure if this is the real "European Mistletoe Leaf Tea" that I have read about. The Mistletoe leaf tea that I read talked about how potent it is. I have been drinking a cup of tea 3 times a day (as directed from my research via internet) and have not seen any results. I am very disapointed. I do not want to give this product any rating stars but I did not have a choice. Thank you.
[Editor: Our Mistletoe is the same Mistletoe which is also known as European Mistletoe. So, our Mistletoe is the same as you read about. Unfortunately, it is impossible to critique your results without more information on your health condition, and your purpose for taking Mistletoe. Our products are 100% natural with no fillers or additives. So, I suspect the problem was not that our Mistletoe wasn't the right Misletoe. Rather, there may be other complicating and competing factors which interfered with Mistletoe's ability to provide you with its traditional actions.]
-- April 2, 2007
the reason i drink this is, because my mother is into healing with herbs. i wanted something for my menopause and she told me Mistletoe tea was good for it. i was hesitant at first but i decided to drink it. the taste is tolerable and i'm hoping it will help me with my menopause. i have been drinking it for a short time now.
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