Strong medicinal herb for lovers

Herb of the month December

The twelfth and last month of the year marks the beginning of the Advent and Christmas season. In December, formerly known as Julmond – from the Germanic Jul Festival or Winter Solstice Festival – we experience the shortest days of the year, celebrate Christmas and end the year 2019 with the Old Year’s Eve on the 31st of the month. Our plant of the month December is well known in ancient and Germanic mythology. It was considered a strong remedy, a sacred plant and a fertility symbol. Even today, lovers and friends kiss each other under a mistletoe and hope for lasting love and solidarity.

The evergreen, forked shrub grows as a parasite on deciduous and coniferous trees and extracts water and mineral salts from them. The white mistletoe berries are mature in the Advent season and decorate many Christmas parlours.

Although mistletoe is a really strong medicinal herb, there are also herbs for most applications that are easier for the layman to use. It is therefore advisable to have the application carried out by experienced people. Mistletoe in the form of a tincture can help against gout or sciatica in painful areas. Mistletoe tea made from leaves and twigs is obtained by cold application. It helps with cardiovascular complaints, strengthens the heart and blood pressure, promotes metabolism, relieves cramps and relieves inflammation. Mistletoe is also said to have a calming effect on the nerves, e.g. in tinnitus, and to relieve headaches. In addition, there is the controversial but highly discussed effect as a cure for cancer. Here an extract of mistletoe berries is administered in the form of an injection as an alternative remedy.

Our TIP: A mini hike from the Kräuterberg’l to the nearby organic farm in the district of Theisewitz/Kleba. Above the apple orchards you will not only find an inviting poplar avenue with plenty of mistletoes, but also a wonderful view of the Kreischaer “Blauberg”.