Mistletoe is an epiphyte and a parasite that grows and depends entirely on higher plants. The root penetrates entirely on higher plants. The root penetrates its host plant and derives its nutrition in the process.
Mistletoe is a unique plant. Under shade the greenness is still preserved and it is able to photosynthesize, even under shade and limited sun light. This is unique and amazing.
Mistletoe host plants
Mistletoe grows on a variety of host plants including cocoa, citrus, cashew, locust beans, guava and others. The medicinal properties of mistletoe tend to reflect the host plant on which it grows. The mistletoe from guava Is very effective in cure and control of cancerous tumors.
NUTRITIONAL/ MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Mistletoe is a member of the orentaneace family, most of which are epiphytic parasites. The leaves have the active ingredients choline and acetylcholine which are biochemicals that act on the central nervous system:
These chemicals are found in the green leaves, which are the medicinal parts of the plants. The flowers which are berries are very poisonous. In fact, they can be fatal when consumed.
They contain high content of alkaloids and other deleterious biochemicals. In the processing of mistletoe leaves for consumption as herbal tea, meticulous and painstaking effort must be made to ensure that no single mistletoe flower or berry is allowed to contaminate the leaves. Micro or trace quantities if consumed could be fatal, if consumed.
PREPARATION OF MISTLETOE LEAVES FOR TEA
The mistletoe leaves can be harvested at 10am or around 4-5 pm, so that they are devoid of moisture and parasites.
Then they can be dried in between newspapers or under shade to ensure that the greenish nature is preserved.
Direct sun light removes a lot of nutrient through volatility.
The green leaves which have been so dried can now be taken as a tea.
A hand full in the a tea cup of boiling water will extract active ingredients and can be taken twice daily as general tonic for the body.
MEDICINAL PROPERTY OF MISTLETOE
The detailed biochemical metabolism or pharmacology is not well understood yet but those who drink two cups of mistletoe tea twice daily tend to have normal blood pressure that is stable. It is an excellent medicine for the cardiovascular or blood circulatory system. Mistletoe is very helpful to the heart. This is more so because there are no adverse or side effects report due to drinking mistletoe tea.
Mistletoe is found to be very effective in reducing blood sugar and through some intrinsic factors also helps to repair the pancreas, thereby equipping or strengthening it to be capable of producing more insulin
Sleeplessness is a diseases of its own and it is also a symptom of many other diseases. Prolonged insomnia will lead to complicated diseases, high BP, nervous breakdown, insanity etc
Mistletoe relaxes the body and calm frayed nerves and this promotes sleep. One or two cups of mistletoe tea mixed with two tea spoons of honey is an antidote to insomnia and nervousness and also reduces pains
Fertility in Women:
Mistletoe tends to promote general health of women and therefore promotes fertility in them. 2-3 cups of mistletoe tea will regulate the ovulation, menstruation and the estrogen, progesterone and androgens in the female blood and attain delicate balance orf hormones leading to conception.
Mistletoe when consumed regularly as tea twice daily, has helped to make cancerous tumors to shrink to harmless levels or sizes. Consumption also prevents various forms of cancers in the human body
General good health is facilitated by consumption of mistletoe tea. Malaria parasites and typhoid bacteria are known to disappear from the blood once one takes regular mistletoe tea once or twice daily.