Common names: European Mistletoe and Birdlime
The well-known Mistletoe, an evergreen, parasitic plant, grows on
deciduous trees and pine trees in a ball-like bush and is an excellent medicinal
herb one should not do without.
Plants with the
greatest healing power grow on oaks and poplars; but those growing on pines,
firs and fruit trees are also medicinally strong. Again a hint on gathering: In
March and April the Mistletoe has hardly any berries. The birds have picked them
in winter. There is less work then in cutting the leaves and twigs, since the
removal of the sticky berries that are still there between October and December
is no longer necessary.
The evergreen, leathery leaves are of a
yellow-green colour. The berries are whitish, somewhat opaque and sticky.
distribute the sticky seeds in this way: by sharpening their beaks on branches
or passing the undigested seeds in droppings. Only in this way is it propagated
since it has been demonstrated that seeds do not sprout when placed either in
water or soil.
Mistletoe, an old magic and medicinal plant, is shrouded in
mystery. The Druids held it in great reverence as a sacred plant that could
remove every ill. It was gathered with great ceremony and cut from the tree with
a golden knife. Old herbalists used it as an excellent and effective remedy for
This remedy is also acknowledged by the "Kneipp" physician, Dr. Bonn.
He recommends Mistletoe for chronic cramps and hysterical complaints.
and small twigs which are cut for drying are gathered from the beginning of
October to the middle of December and then in March and April. In the remaining
months of the year, Mistletoe is without medicinal properties.
Frequently I have been asked why I praise Mistletoe so
much, since it is supposed to be poisonous. The leaves and twigs are not; only
the berries, if taken internally.
An ointment made of the berries and lard is
excellent for frost bites (see "directions").
A woman had chilblains on her nose
for years. During winter she was reluctant to leave the house because of her
blue-red nose. It got worse from year to year. I advised her to apply a poultice
of fresh Mistletoe berries on her nose overnight. Although it sounds
unbelievable it is a fact that her nose was normal after a few days.
Mistletoe benefits the whole glandular system it also aids the metabolism. At
the same time it favourably influences the pancreas so that through drinking
Mistletoe tea over a long period, diabetes loses its original cause.
people who suffer from chronic metabolic disorders should try to drink Mistletoe
tea regularly for six months. It is excellent for hormonal imbalance. In this
case at least 2 cups a day, one in the morning and one in the evening, are
For hardening of the arteries Mistletoe is an excellent remedy, esteemed
and recommended for stroke, which would scarcely have happened, had the tea been
After a stroke drink 3 cups a day for 6 weeks, 2 cups for 3
weeks and 1 cup for 2 weeks; the first cup, half before and half after
breakfast, the second cup before and after lunch and the third cup before and
Mistletoe tea is also used as a blood staunching remedy. It stops
nose bleeding when used cold, if drawn up into the nose. As a tea it arrests
lung and intestines bleeding caused by typhoid or dysentery.
Mistletoe is the
best remedy for heart and circulatory complaints. I cannot emphasize Mistletoe
enough for circulatory problems. Since it has active substances which normalize
the whole system, it lowers high and raises low blood pressure. It soothes the
restless heart and strengthens it.
All the side effects of abnormal blood
pressure such as blood rushing to the head, dizziness, buzzing in the ears and
visual defects disappear.
Mistletoe, it can be said, is invaluable in all heart
and circulatory disorders. People in our fast moving times, with the tensions of
modern living and working under stress, surely need an aid like Mistletoe.
many letters I have received, people state that thanks to Mistletoe they have
found relief in a short time from high blood pressure, bad circulatory problems,
lack of energy, heart disorders, heart flutters, dizziness and unwillingness to
work. 3 cups of Mistletoe, made as a cold infusion and sipped throughout the
day, will normalize your heart and your circulation and guarantee an increased
In general, Mistletoe tea should be drunk for six weeks, once a
year; 3 cups for 3 weeks, 2 cups for 2 weeks and 1 cup for 1 week. Blood
pressure and circulation will have recovered after this. To keep it that way it
is of benefit to keep on drinking 1 cup in the morning for a year.
from the district of Mainz (Germany) suffered from low blood pressure for years,
sometimes so badly he was unable to work. He had tried different doctors, but
still he was no better. He was very sceptical about my advice that Mistletoe
lowers high blood pressure and raises low blood pressure. It was April and the
Mistletoe still had its healing powers. A few months later, during a talk I
gave in Upper Austria, he sat in the first row and told everyone that now his
blood pressure was normal.
Women, too, should take Mistletoe tea. The normalized
circulation brings uterine and menstrual disorders into equilibrium, especially
heavy menstruation as well as bleeding after confinement. For palpitations of
the heart, difficulties in breathing, hot flushes and feelings of anxiety during
menopause, Mistletoe tea, drunk for a few years, brings relief and you will pass
through the change naturally.
The fresh juice of Mistletoe, 25 drops in water on
an empty stomach before breakfast and 25 drops in water in the evening before
going to bed will remedy barrenness in woman.
Some time ago an announcement
appeared in the London press that three independently working research groups
came to the conclusion that a high percentage of women over 50 years of age
developed cancer of the breast, if they have, for treatment of high blood
pressure, taken blood pressure reducing medication over a long period.
this risk, when we have our valuable Mistletoe? Lately, Mistletoe is used
medicinally to counteract and prevent cancer.
Again and again we are shown, how
herbs are effective in disease prevention as well as cleansing the body of
harmful substances. Use the herbs and do your body a favour - it will keep you
healthy and strong.
Infusion: Mistletoe tea is made as a cold infusion. A
heaped teaspoon of Mistletoe is soaked in 1/4 litre of cold water overnight, the
next morning slightly warmed and strained. If a larger amount per day is needed,
the tea is kept in a thermos flask that has been rinsed with hot water, or
warmed in a water bath each time.
Tincture: This is bought
as a preparation.
Fresh juice: Fresh leaves and twigs are
washed and, still wet, put into the juice extractor.
Ointment: The fresh berries of the Mistletoe are stirred
into the cold lard (used for chilblains).
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