Information on Mistletoe

Latin NameViscum album
Other NamesEuropean mistletoe
Part UsedHerb
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsImmune system, Nervous system
CautionsMistletoe berries can be deadly. For mistletoe herb infusion or tincture do not exceed recommended dose (2.5 grams in cold water infusion twice daily). Contraindicated in protein hypersensitivity and chronic infections with weakened immune function like
Botanical InfoA woody branched parasite growing on deciduous trees with regularly paired leaves and white berries.
DescriptionMistletoe is useful for lowering blood pressure and has a sedative effect on the nervous system. It has been used for arteriosclerosis, for its antitumor activity, and as a compress for varicose veins. A specially-prepared fermented extract of mistletoe is used in Europe as a cancer-remedy.
Dr. Rudolph Weiss, the renowned medical herbalist and doctor from Germany, gives the dose of mistletoe cold maceration as one cup, morning and evening, prepared by steeping 2-4 teaspoons of chopped, dried herb in about 8 ounces of cool water overnight for the morning dose, and in the morning for the evening dose. He also recommends a tea for mild hypertension, as follows.

Equal parts of:

Mistletoe herb
Hawthorn leaves, flowers
Lemon balm herb

Steep 2 teaspoons in a cup of warm water for 5-10 minutes, drink 1 cup morning and evening.

Mistletoe has a taste of BITTER, SWEET and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion1 cup morning and evening
Tincture10-15 drops 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Mistletoe

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Cancerimmune stimulanttincture, tablet
Arteriosclerosisnervinetincture, tea
Blood pressure, highnervinetincture, tea


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