European mistletoe, famous during the Christmas season, is a semiparasitic plant that grows on trees in Europe and Asia. Its young leafy twigs and flowers were used as an “all-heal” or panacea, said to be helpful for virtually all diseases. The herb is also said to have played a role in Celtic religious celebrations.
Note: American mistletoe, Phoradendron leucarpum, is related to European mistletoe, but it is thought to be more toxic and has not been well studied.
Injectible mistletoe extracts should only be used under the supervision of a physician.
Mistletoe tea can be made by soaking 10-20 g of chopped leaves in 2 cups of water for 8 hours. A typical dose is 1 to 3 cups daily.