Mistletoe is a plant that has been known since ancient times. At that time, the plant was considered a gift from the gods with magical abilities. It is said that the mistletoe on the oaks was a distinctive good luck charm. It is likely that this plant also played a significant role in the beliefs of ancient Celtic Druids.
Mistletoe occurs in Europe and Asia, in the temperate climate zone. Mistletoe can most often be found on poplars, birches, oaks, firs and pines. It is an evergreen, semi-parasitic flowering plant that grows on tree branches. The content of mistletoe depends on the type of tree it grows on and the time of harvest.
The chemical compounds responsible for the positive properties of this plant are:
*mineral salts, e.g. compounds of potassium, zinc and calcium.
Ingredients: Mistletoe herb 100%
The infusion: Mix 2 teaspoons of mistletoe in 0.5 liters of warm water. After 30 minutes of brewing, the infusion is ready for consumption.
The recommended dose is ¼ cup, 3 times a day.
Decoction: Mix 2 teaspoons of mistletoe in a glass of water. Then put the mixture on low heat, but do not let it boil. Keep the decoction on the stove for about 5 minutes and then strain it.
Dried mistletoe can also be used as an additive to tea - mix 1 teaspoon with a hot drink and add a little honey.
Storage: Store dry and dark
Mistletoe is a plant with positive properties for the human body. Although no serious side effects from overdose or long-term use have been reported, mistletoe used in excess can cause stomach upset (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, colic) and even delirium and convulsions.
It is not recommended to use mistletoe for children and adolescents, as well as for pregnant and lactating women, mistletoe contains viscumin in its leaves. It is a substance that irritates the digestive tract and is toxic to animals. If a dog or cat consumes this plant, serious poisoning can occur.
It is best to consult a doctor or pharmacist when taking herbal preparations, as choosing an appropriate herbal preparation requires as much knowledge as when it comes to a chemical preparation. It should be remembered that these types of preparations can interact with the medications taken, posing a threat to health. Some herbal preparations can have a very strong effect, so you should follow all recommendations and restrictions from the manufacturer.
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