What Are Mistletoe Tea Benefits? 19

Mistletoe (Viscum album) is actually a shrub, albeit a parasitic one, that grows exclusively on stem of other trees. It lives by seeping nutrients out of the tree using structures embedded deep in the wood. It prefers to live in broad-leaved trees, like apples, lime and poplar trees.

Mistletoe Essential OilAncient cultures have long used mistletoe as medicine, and religious purposes. Druids used it in fertility rites and in healing diseases such as tumors, insomnia and mental problems. Today, there’s a renewed interest in using mistletoe tea in addressing conditions such as cancer, heart diseases and hypertension. In laboratory, mistletoe extracts are shown to kill tumor cells but the problem is how to channel it into cancer cells without being metabolized by the liver. More studies are needed before mistletoe can be used reliably against cancer.

Mistletoes used in teas are known as European Mistletoes. It is native to Europe and southern areas of Asia.


Effects on Muscles

Mistletoe has a profound effect on muscles of the body; most especially on specialized muscles found in uterus, arteries and intestines. Mistletoe tea is great in calming these muscles, which is somewhat beneficial in conditions such as amenorrhea, indigestion or dyspepsia. But using mistletoe tea for hypertension may not be good because it has both hypertensive and hypotensive effects.

Men may find mistletoe tea useful to lower down muscular metabolism after workout to induce rest.


Calming Effect of Mistletoe Tea

There’s a renewed interest in using mistletoe tea in addressing conditions such as cancer, heart diseases and hypertension.

Mistletoe herbal tea helps calm the body’s senses mostly without causing analgesia or drowsiness. It is useful in cases such as panic attacks, irritability and anxiety.


Mistletoe Tea for Infection

Mistletoe tea is a useful wash for wounds and inflamed lesions that are in danger of infection. This makes mistletoe tea good in chilblains, leg ulcers and as compress for varicose veins. Mistletoe tea, when washed on the face, may be helpful for acne (pimples).


Contraindications of Mistletoe Tea

Effects of mistletoe to the body are not yet fully known to science; all we knew is that mistletoe has numerous compounds and some is known to be harmful to body. Therefore, very sick people, pregnant and nursing mothers should never take mistletoe. Mistletoe may cause allergies in some people, so first-time users should be watchful for symptoms (swelling, difficulty of breathing, rashes, etc.)

People who are taking drugs for medical conditions should consult their doctors first before taking mistletoe tea because of danger of drug interactions. For example, a person on anti-hypertensive medication who took mistletoe tea may experience dangerous drop of blood pressure.


Preparing Mistletoe Tea

People have known for years that some parts of Mistletoe plant is poisonous such as stalks, roots and berries. Some commercialized tea bags of Mistletoe may actually contain young stalks, berries and adulterants, so it’s better to use fresh leaves instead.

There are two ways to prepare Mistletoe tea. Dried leaves maybe infused in hot water (1 tsp. to 1 pint of water) for 10-15 minutes. Or, fresh leaves can be torn into pieces and soaked in tap water for at least 12 hours.

19 thoughts on “What Are Mistletoe Tea Benefits?

  1. Reply Esther Jan 31,2015 5:38 pm

    Thanks for the information about the. Mistletoe.

  2. Reply mike goodluck Aug 27,2014 12:32 pm

    you can also harvest it from cocoa trees and dry it under a shade

  3. Reply Ebby Mar 25,2014 3:52 am

    Pls can this herbal tea shrink uterine fibroids

  4. Reply Ebby Mar 25,2014 3:48 am

    Pls can dis herbal tea shrink large uterine fibroids?

  5. Reply Andim Mar 23,2014 9:42 am

    Can i get mistletoe tea in Nigeria?

  6. Reply Aenne Dec 17,2013 12:42 pm

    “People have known for years that some parts of Mistletoe plant is poisonous..”

    Sorry, when I drink mistletoe tea,I am prone to noticing grammar errors in online articles. The above sentence should read:

    “People have known for years that some parts of THE Mistletoe plant ARE poisonous..”

  7. Reply Francisca Nov 8,2013 11:06 am

    Can fresh leave of mistletoe be used for diabetes and how can it be prepared.

  8. Reply Francisca Nov 8,2013 11:01 am

    Please, can fresh leave of mistletoe be used for diabetes and how can it be prepared.

  9. Reply Fran Jul 12,2013 4:50 pm

    My Personnel Journey to Healing
    My name is Fran and I have been battling Endometriosis for as long as I can remember. I have had 2 major surgeries and was about to have a 3rd when I decided to take matters into my own hands. I researched it and accidently came across this tea. At that point in my life I decided I had nothing to lose so I tried it. When I went back to the Dr to do another ultrasound before deciding to do yet another surgery, he was amazed at how it had shrunk to almost nothing in a matter of a short time.
    To prepare Mistletoe Tea, add 5gm of finely chopped Mistletoe leaves to 250ml of cold water and let it stand 12 hours at room temperature. Now is ready and can be consumed.

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  10. Reply MANGA Y. SHAMMAH Jul 12,2013 6:14 am

    How I dry Mistletoe fresh leaf? I have the leaf on the top of trees in my farm and also can one use the fresh mistletoe leaf?

  11. Reply KATARINA MESAROS May 1,2013 11:58 pm

    please let me know how and where can I buy mistletoe tea?

  12. Reply patricia Atogor Mar 8,2013 3:55 am

    pls am having heavy growth infection, and my abdorment is seriously paining me
    can mistletoe tae cure it?

    • Reply admin Mar 18,2013 1:26 pm

      Sorry about your troubles Patricia, however you will need to contact your MD to help you with this question as this is an informative article only, not intended to be a medical advice.

    • Reply Dennis Dec 29,2013 12:29 am

      it will help.

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