Mistletoe tea benefits include lowering blood pressure, promoting good sleep, and supporting hormonal balance. Mistletoe is also ideal for calming the respiratory system in case of distress or irritation, from sore throats, common colds, fevers to coughing and bronchial inflammation.
While this isn’t the most commonly praised benefit of mistletoe, the extract does have a measurable effect on hypertension, which affects millions of people around the world. By lowering blood pressure, its extract is able to ease the strain and stress on the cardiovascular system and also cutting down on the impact of atherosclerosis. The hypertension reduction of mistletoe extract can help prevent strokes, heart attacks, and coronary heart diseases. It also helps to slow the pulse, which also helps to reduce the exertion of the heart.
Mistletoe is known as a very effective nervine agent and has been in use in traditional settings for hundreds of years. It will calm, soothe and tone the nervous system. If you suffer from insomnia or restlessness when you sleep, using it to brew a tea might be the answer for you. The chemical components of mistletoe impact the release of neurotransmitters that calm you down, soothing the nervous system, and allowing for healthy, restful sleep. The nervous system is strongly linked to our Circadian rhythms, so calming down our nerves can regulate our sleep cycle and give us the rest we need.
Arguably the most important and widely studied aspect of mistletoe’s health benefits is its role in treating cancer. The effects of mistletoe on cancer are manifold. Some studies have focused on mistletoe’s reduction of symptoms following chemotherapy, which can be exhausting and painful. Other research has also directly linked its extract with anti-cancer activity, and in Europe, more than 50% of cancer patients now integrate some element of it in their treatment regimen.
This rapid increase in popularity and demand for mistletoe has also sparked interest in further research, which has certainly paid off. It has been found that in certain types of cancer, it can cause apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells. Subsequent research has connected mistletoe extract to a higher overall quality of life for patients, tumor shrinkage, and healthier blood counts. For this health benefit alone, it should be on your radar!
The nerve-soothing aspect of mistletoe makes it ideal for calming the respiratory system in case of distress or irritation. From sore throats, common colds, fevers to coughing and bronchial inflammation, it has shown its ability to calm the irritation and lower the discomfort and tightness in the chest. Mistletoe has antioxidant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and immune-stimulatory properties, making them defenders against illnesses and infections. There is a psychological connection between the act of coughing or wheezing, as might occur in an asthmatic attack, and the panic and mental distress, which causes a feedback loop. It can interrupt that neural connection and calm the mind and body at the same time.
Mistletoe can be used for bathing. You can also apply it to the skin to help treat varicose veins, ulcers on the lower legs and eczema. Some people also it as pain-killer, to help treat joint pain (rheumatic and neuralgic pains) by rubbing it into the skin.
Mistletoe has emerged as promising alternative therapy against mood-related conditions including depression, anxiety and fatigue, especially when these conditions are associated with cancer treatments. Several studies have shown that mistletoe can improve coping ability of both cancer patients and survivors.
Mistletoe has been used to help manage menopause symptoms, such as fatigue and trouble sleeping, and to regulate hormones when a woman experiences irregular periods. In post-menopausal women, the population most likely to suffer from osteoporosis, it may also be able to help defend against weak bones and fractures.
Preparation: Sprinkle one teaspoon of mistletoe in the evening with cold water(200ml), cover the dish and leave it standing overnight. In the morning, boil the tea and drink it throughout the day, slowly, sip by sip, unsweetened. Don't drink more than one cup a day.
Precaution: 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.
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For most people, mistletoe brings to mind none other than Christmas. But besides serving as a festive holiday decoration, did you know that mistletoe is also used in herbal medicine and has been for hundreds of years?
It’s a little known fact that there is actually more than one type of mistletoe; in fact, it’s believed over 100 different mistletoe species grow around the world. A few of these are commonly harvested for their medicinal purposes.
American mistletoe (Phoradendron flavescen) is the type that grows in the United States and is used as a romantic holiday decoration, while European mistletoe (Viscum album) is the species that has been used for centuries in traditional herbal medicine. A third species of mistletoe (Loranthus ferrugineus) is less common but used by some to treat high blood pressure and gastrointestinal complaints. Other species, including Japanese mistletoe (Taxillus yadoriki Danser), are known for their many antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.
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.
Common Names: European mistletoe, common mistletoe or simply as mistletoe (Old English mistle).