A mistletoe it’s a vegetable that is part of the family group of the lorantaceae plants. It is a semi-parasitic species that develops on the branches and trunks of different trees.

General characteristics

The stems of the mistletoe, which have knots and spikes, are divided into branches. The leaves are fleshy and have a bright, light greenish color. The flowers They are yellowish in color and the fruit, of a very characteristic spherical shape, starts out green but once developed it turns whitish or pinkish.

Mistletoe plant

The mistletoe fruit has a characteristic shape and color

The scientific name for mistletoe is Viscum album and its origin is found in various parts of the European and American continents, in addition to the western and southern areas of Asia, so that its natural distribution is very wide worldwide.

It is said to be semi-parasitic because it is a vegetable autotroph (that is, it generates complex organic compounds from the carbon that it obtains from certain simple substances, generally making use of inorganic chemical reactions or light energy) that need to be inserted into other autotrophic plants in order to live.

The species on whose branches are develops There are several, although in general the mistletoe is found in deciduous plants (whose leaves fall as soon as the less favorable time for their growth begins, which is usually winter) and certain pines.

Mistletoe myths

Beyond its natural properties, mistletoe has always been attributed magical or supernatural conditions. In ancient times, it was thought that mistletoe could make someone turn invisible or that one woman will stay pregnant.

Due to its alleged powers linked to love, the tradition of kissing under a mistletoe at Christmas. It is said that if two people kiss under the plant at Christmas time they will never be separated again.

This peculiar myth of the mistletoe related to eternal love has been embodied in countless works, both books, movies or songs, and it is one of the elements of Christmas that give it that special character, as if it were a magical time, Where everything is possible.

Medicinal properties

In the alternative medicine, mistletoe is used to strengthen the immune system, regulate sleep and boost metabolism. It is also often used as complementary therapy in the framework of a conventional treatment against Canceras it would help minimize the side effects of radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

Relieve fever and various ailments, reduce hypertension and minimizing fluid retention are other effects attributed to the consumption of mistletoe, which can be ingested in blisters or as an infusion, for example. It is important to bear in mind, however, that a doctor It is the professional who must indicate what to take as a remedy or as a health booster.

Christmas mistletoe

At Christmas, a kiss under the mistletoe is a symbol of eternal love

The medicinal properties of mistletoe have been appreciated since ancient times, something that caused the first civilizations to grant it powers mystics. The need to consult an expert before consuming it is due in part to its toxicity; Although it does not reach worrying levels, it can cause unfavorable effects if we exceed its proportions when using it to prepare a homemade medicine.

One of the many ways in which you can take advantage of this plant is by leaving a few leaves in a container with ethyl alcohol in the fridge for two weeks so that they are macerate and produce a solution that is then applied directly to parts of the body where we have circulation problems or abnormal fatigue.