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That Mysterious Mistletoe

Author: Anja Heij

Hang a bunch of Mistletoe on the ceiling for that’s a permit to kiss the man or woman who stands under it, and next gently seduce your chosen one into the direction of your bunch of strange lightgreen twigs with sticky white berries. They say this will lead to marriage…

The Mistletoe is dedicated to Freya, the north European goddess of love and fertility.
One reason for the association of the Mistletoe with fertility is the fact that this is evergreen plant carrying fruits in the cold winter season symbolized the victory of life over death to the old Celts and Germans. The festivities around the winter solstice and the first day of the new year were therefore accompanied by decorations of Mistletoe and other evergreen, berries carrying plants like the Holly and Ivy.
A second reason can be found in the outer appearance of the plant.
The Mistletoe is an astonishing mathematically grown bush. The twigs split up symmetrically to the left and the right with two leafs at the end of each twig: one leaf to the left and one to the right side. And in the middle, where the two leafs meet, grow the white berries: where opposites come together you get offspring. Herbalists have always thought in analogies. In the old days north Europeans wore talismans of Mistletoe to promote fertility.

The Mistletoe was also considered to be a bringer of peace, of which Freya was the goddess too; peace was made under the mistletoe.

The plant was sacred for it was said to heal all diseases. Especially when this semi-parasitic little bush was found growing on an oak, the sacred tree dedicated to the supreme god Odin/Wodan.
It indeed is a strongly working herb with many healing properties.

It can be used in complaints with the heart and the circulation; Mistletoe makes the blood vessels wider and solves cramps in heart and veins, which improves the circulation and brings down high blood pressure. And it lowers high levels of blood cholesterol. It stops internal bleedings and regulates profuse menstruation.
You can also consider using it when complaints are related to high blood pressure or a surplus of blood in a body part, like headache, noise in the ear or bad sight.

Mistletoe is further known for its calming and relaxing effects on the nervous system; think of migraine, disturbance of the balancing-organ, dizziness, fear, nightmares, cramps and epilepsia.

It has an healing effect on fleshy growths and tumors, diabetes, hormonal disturbances, impotence, infertility, asthma, worms, lack of energy and low immunity.

Not bad, isn’t it? In fact it’s quite logical that amulets were made from Mistletoe wood to relieve and heal disease. And that is was hung above the bed to prevent nightmares.

Some warning words however: never eat the white berries, because they contain the poisonous viscotoxin.
And please consult an alternative healer before you start using the herb; it is strongly working, so you shouldn’t consume much of it daily and not take it for a long time.
But don’t let these guidelines keep you from using this special plant which – analogous to its symmetrical form – is able to restore balance in the human body in so many ways.
Oh, and don’t forget to buy it for Christmas.