Some Celtic wanderer, sitting on the ground in a wooded hillside admires a beautiful bird perched on a branch. While silently gazing, a swift motion, falling from behind the bird catches the wanderer’s eye. He follows this streak, stopping abruptly to see it now oozing down the side of a small twig. Not much later, the wanderer wanders back to this same tree and sees a bright green herb growing from out of the twig he saw painted with bird excreta. Maybe this is how mistletoe got its name? It is believed that Mistletoe was passed down to us from a Proto-Germanic language. We can at least say for sure that in old English ‘Mistel’ meant dung, and ‘Tan’ meant twig. Dung on a twig. Ancient plant peoples certainly got straight to the point in identifying their herbs. But, this really is one of the ways that Mistletoe is found to spread itself from one tree to the next – through bird droppings and activity. Mistletoe has an iconic look, with its deep green foliage and brilliant white berries. Just as those white berries catch our eye, contrasting against the darker green, you can be sure that a bird’s eye would also take swift notice. Many birds eat the berries of Mistletoe, and it is their appetite for it that Mistletoe takes advantage of when perpetuating its species.
Mistletoe is considered to be a Hemiparasitic plant. That means that Mistletoe is only partially parasitic. It roots itself into a host tree, but only takes from it water and the minerals found dissolved in that water. The rest of Mistletoe’s nutrients are created through photosynthesis, just like any other plant. Many believe that because of Mistletoe's parasitic nature that its presence is harmful to the tree or the forest it is in. This however is far from the case. Mistletoe is actually considered to be a keystone species in its ecosystem.
A keystone species is any species that has a disproportionately large and positive effect on its environment. They are recognized as playing a critical role in maintaining the structure of an ecological community; their presence affecting many. Keystone species will help determine the types and numbers of the various other species that will be found in that area. The variety of Mistletoe explored here - Phaoradenron Juniperinum – is of course found growing on juniper trees. A juniper forest with Mistletoe abundantly present is found to have more juniper berries sprout each year. This causes the forest to grow and habitat to be produced. This may be one reason why the Druids associate Mistletoe with abundance and fertility.
With a strong healthy forest comes thick biodiversity. With biodiversity comes an abundant and sustainable platform for life to flourish, experience, and evolve. If we are to look at just birds alone, which are one of the major species responsible for the spread of Mistletoe, it is found that a Mistletoe rich forest increases bird diversity and density by 64%. Many birds feast on the nutrient rich twigs and berries, but they also use thick bushels of mistletoe growth, called witches broom, to nest in. Birds are vital players to any ecosystem they are in because they help control insect and rodent populations, aid in forest growth and development, and add and aesthetic beauty to nature, which a divine eye is sure to marvel at. The beauty of the insect realm also makes its appearance for Mistletoe. Its small flowers are covered in a sticky nectar that attracts a variety of butterflies. Beetles, ants, and bees will also pollinate Mistletoe, in effect aiding in the strength of Mistletoe's population.
The first question any person is going to want to know in their relation to participating with a plant is: “is it poisonous?” Despite what some might say, it is actually of great benefit for us to use Mistletoe as an herb for consumption. Mistletoe isn’t really used for eating as a raw or whole herb, but more for extracting its soluble constituent from, like in a tea or a tincture. Although Mistletoe does contain what are seen to be toxic alkaloids and lectins, it is the plants polysaccharides that buffer these compounds to deliver them to our body in a beneficial way.
Alkaloids for example are compounds that make up many of the medicines used today for their antimalarial, antiasthma, antibacterial, antinflammatory, or analgesic (painkiller) qualities – just to name a few. A Mistletoe extract will actually act as an antibacterial for drug resistant bacteria, or reduce the symptoms and pain of inflammatory rheumatic diseases. Its lectin profile is attributed with immunomodulation for the organism, which lends great strength to any fight against viruses, bacteria, or cancers. Lectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins with an ability to perform recognition of a target on the cellular level, mediating attachment and binding of bacteria and viruses to their intended target. This action of Mistletoe would stop viruses like Hepatitis C from attaching to a host cell and the disease from spreading. Lectins also help modulate the immune system by stimulating lymphocyte release. Lymphocytes are your body’s white blood cells, which are responsible for hunting and killing the viruses and bacteria that Mistletoe’s lectins are keeping from invading your cells. Lectins are also found to protect cells from the immune system, because sometimes our bodies can attack us, as in an autoimmune disorder. They can also guard the receptor sites of the cell wall keeping Histamine from causing its normal inflammatory response. This translates to Mistletoe being a powerful anti-allergen.
Affecting the peripheral nervous system, Mistletoe can also act like an aphrodisiac. It is the peripheral nervous system that sends signals to the sexual organs to cause arousal. Mistletoe's presence in the body tunes and strengthens this peripheral system. This also allows the operator of the body to gain better control over their sensitivity to touch. This can aid in faster and deeper orgasms, or for men who may practice retaining the generative seed, retention of ejaculation. Because of Mistletoe's adaptagenic qualities it can negate or promote fertility. Higher doses will negate, while common sized doses will promote. A concentrated dose is around 100 drops of an Ens extract, and a common dose is around 10-20. A cup of tea steeped with around 1-2 tablespoon of the fresh plant is considered a common dose. It is safe and beneficial to partake of 3-5 common sized doses a day.
Mistletoe has long since been seen as a treatment for epilepsy. Its tonifying effects on the nervous system reduce erratic neural behavior, which can cause seizures or fainting. Conditions of the heart may also be soothed with Mistletoe's use. By calming the heart, and regulating blood pressure, Mistletoe's presence can balance out heart murmurs and hypertension.
Circulatory, lymphatic, nervous systems, and of course the digestive system – Mistletoe works on them all. In regards to diabetes, Mistletoe’s ability for its lectins to act as carbohydrate-binding proteins means that they can help regulate blood sugar. It is also found to promote the production of insulin. These same compounds stimulate the liver and kidneys to release toxins. But don’t be afraid of this toxic release, Mistletoe’s immunomodulating characteristics means that the stimulation of the thymus in the heart center has already released white blood cells to help the body destroy the toxins present. Mistletoe simultaneously increases the production of urine to urge for the elimination of these toxins. This large umbrella of actions, working on all centers of the body at once, shows us that Mistletoe is a Solar herb.
The Druids believed that the oak was sacred to Odin. Mistletoe was only collected from oak trees with a golden sickle to emphasize its connection to the Allfather and its solar energies. If you check any chart that relates planets to the organs, you find the sun to be associated with the heart. In the alchemical systems of planetary correspondence, the sun may be exalted in the crown where it tethers its self to undifferentiated consciousness, but it seats itself in the heart so that consciousness may be expressed through form. Venus rules the heart center, and in our theme of Norse mythology we find Freyja to be our embodiment of the Venusian archetype.
When the Druids collected Mistletoe with their golden sickles, they would hold out a white blanket below the tree to catch the falling sprigs and keep them from touching the ground and losing their powerful magical qualities. Simultaneously, two white bulls would be sacrificed to Freyja. These harvesting ceremonies show us the connection between the solar center and the heart center in the microcosm that is man; cutting down this solar herb with a golden sickle and letting it fall downward towards the Heart. The feminine qualities that the Venusian archetype presents also point to Lunar qualities for Mistletoe. This of course is seen in the actions that Mistletoe has on the Hypothalamus, an area associated with the Lunar center. The watery nature of the moon with its ability to control the tides and menstruation shows us that, in a philosophical sense, the Moon controls the water element completely. It is found that Jupiter’s center, found in the sacral, is ruled by the element water. This means that the Lunar qualities of Mistletoe also stimulate the sacral and sexual centers.
All Solar medicines are believed to be universal panaceas. The Sun does shine on all, after all. Every center in man, both physically and spiritually will be illuminated by Mistletoes presence.
Freyja and Odin’s second son Baldr – God of peace, forgivness, justice, purity, and light – was one of the most loved of the Gods. Freyja loved him so much that she set out to make sure he was always protected. She did this by securing promises from everything that sprang from the four elements, that they may never harm her Baldr. Loki, spotting an herb that was overlooked by Freyja, decided to play a nasty prank. He fashioned an arrow from the wood of Mistletoe and took the arrow to Hoder, Baldr’s blind brother. Guiding Hoders hand, Loki helped direct the arrow at Baldr’s heart. Mistletoe lacking a promise to refrain from harm pierced Baldr’s heart and killed him. Freyja seeing this began to weep. Her tears fell and became the white berries of mistletoe. Baldr was revived though, being a God and all. Freyja was so thankful to have Baldr back alive that she reversed the reputation of the offending plant and made it a symbol of love, promising to bestow a kiss to anyone that passed under it. Mistletoe has since been used to celebrate the birth of Baldr (the God of light) during Yule (winter solstice).
We still kiss under the Mistletoe, maybe in hopes of receiving that touch of the heart – Venus. Every story paints Mistletoe to be a loving plant to all the constitutions of man. It is a prized herb throughout every story. Its use in ritual or ceremony was said to bring health, wealth, and fertility to anything that its powers were directed towards. Sprigs hung above a door could protect the rooms occupants from disease, lightning strikes, or having their babies stolen by Fairies and replaced with a changeling. Mistletoe is an herb to bring prosperity to all that we love, our plant connection to the source of all. If placed above the bed, it is said that mistletoe will guide ones dreams to the secrets of immortality.
Some have attributed Asclepius with teaching man how to gain immortality. Asclepius - whose name means 'that which hangs from the esculant oak (mistletoe) - was the son of Apollo and a mortal woman, Coronis. Coronis, while carring Apollo's child, fell in love with a mortal man, Ischys, son of Elatus. When Apollo was informed of her infidelities by a raven, he became feircly angry, turned the color of the bird from white to black, and sent his sister, Artemis, to kill Coronis. Coronis was set on fire. But, Apollo could not stand to kill his son, so he intervened, snatching the baby from the mother’s womb. He delivered the child to the Magnesian centaur Chiron to raise it and teach it the art of healing. Chiron was a great healer, and was even the one who taught Artemis of a special healing plant that today bares her name, Artemisia. Once trained by Chiron, Asclepius became a great physician, who offered his aid to suffering people. However, moved by greed, he also dared to cure those who were destined to die. Because of this impiety, Zeus, the king of gods and humans, crushed Asclepius with his thunderbolt and killed him. Enraged by his son’s murder, Apollo sought revenge by killing Cyclops, who had forged the divine thunderbolts. In turn, Zeus punished Apollo by throwing him into Tartarus, a deep abyss in Hades from which he was saved by his mother’s intercession. After that he was compelled to serve in thrall to a mortal man, Admetus, for one year. Later, Zeus brought Asclepius back from Hades and made him immortal, since he was a man that knew how to live eternal like the Gods. From then onwards, it is said that Asclepius never again resurrected people from death. But, if Socrates taught us anything, it is that it may be possible to barter with Asclepius for the Keys to immortality.
Mistletoe brings awareness to our thoughts, feelings, and expressions and allows the individual to rule from the Heart. Flowing from the Heart means that understanding is gifted upon the individual to help relieve mental symptoms of confusion, brain-fog, or anxiety for the future. Regardless of any circumstances that might be at play – positive or negative – when centered in the Heart, you know that you can approach the world with compassion and tenderness, buffering your responses so that they may never be overpowering or rejected, in effect removing the potentials for drama we all so duly wish to avoid. Mistletoe helps to release the expectations we have for desired results. This refined expression has powerful transmutative qualities on the individuals and surrounding environments we find ourselves in. When everything points to the promotion of your existence, it is not hard to see that you truly like yourself for all that you are. Others too will begin to express this attitude towards your person. This translates to an inner peace and contentment that will shape all future experiences to be in accordance with this state. Self love is the best way by which to love the world.
The Solar energies of Mistletoe help balance out all of the centers of man, giving strength to Will and a sense of motivation to act in a productive and moral way in regards to the soul. Desirous thoughts are soothed to allow space for the acceptance of any possible outcome that may generate from the areas that your mind feels stuck. Mistletoe's influence may cause inspiration to bubble-up form the wells of your belly and flow out through your heart in creative expression. All of this leads to optimism for the future, allowing you to release an overly tight grip on controlling the direction of your life. Understanding that the future is in alignment for the deliverance of your abundance helps anxiety to dissolve and mental, emotional, or physical tension to be released. Introducing Mistletoe to the body helps to relax any attachments we have to doubt.
A heart-centered person will radiate their contentment to their internal and external worlds. This radiation has an attractive quality for the growth we all desire. Finances, relationships, and uplifiting experiences are all pulled in by the gravity of our enthusiasm for the moment. When balanced mentally and emotionally in this fashion, we can revel in the presence of our divinity and gain deeper access to life’s mysteries. Following the synchronicities that are bound to approach your experience will be the surest way to navigate this dynamic state of consciousness. Mistletoe helps to coax surrender of the mind so that you may seed your being into the fertile soil of your own existence and experience. Nurtured presence, inspired by the influence of Mistletoe, will help these seeds to grow, and forests of abundance to sprout in all the areas that you felt were lacking. In this way you can slowly begin the dissolution of the supposed self so that you may gain access to the portal of eternity the resides within you.
4ml dram vial with dropper (± 200 drops) - $50.
1/2 oz vial - $125
Daily usage is recommended for best results. Suggested dose is 1-10 drops. Drops are to be diluted into a beverage of your choice (tea, juice, coffee, water, etc.) and consumed.
*Please Note: With a growing demand for our artisanal products, everything on the Kymia Arts website is now made-to-order and thus carries an estimated shipping time of 1-3 months. Great care, attention, and time is involved in the hand-crafting of our offerings, and we will never sacrifice quality in exchange for expedience. Please be assured that we strive to send orders out as quickly as the process allows. Thank you for your support and patience in upholding the expression of Kymia Arts.