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Mistletoe Organic

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The Story

Mistletoe: Viscum album (L.)

Why Mistletoe? Traditionally touted as a botanical that encourages kisses around Christmastime, it’s lesser known that mistletoe is actually a parasite that grows on deciduous and pine trees. But don’t let this fact turn you off to this useful herb—it is supportive of the heart and cardiovascular system and helps stimulate a healthy immune system.

Quality Assured: Our certified organic mistletoe is sustainably sourced from Bulgaria. This herb is Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth and grown without the use of genetic engineering, artificial fertilizers, or pesticides. Our experts here at the Apothecary Shoppe personally evaluate every herb through taste, touch, and smell to assure that you are receiving the best botanicals suitable for clinical use.

How to Use

Wellness Support: It may be appropriate that mistletoe is a symbol of love during the holidays, since it is supportive of the cardiovascular system, particularly the heart. It may also aid in balancing blood pressure levels already in the normal range.

Cautions and Contraindications: Note that mistletoe has a low therapeutic margin, and should be used with care in very small doses. We recommend using mistletoe under the advice of a trusted herbal medicine and/or natural health practitioner.

This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Experience

Formula:

MISTLETOE TINCTURE:

NOTE: This herb has a low therapeutic margin. The dose as a tincture is one-half milliliter (1/10 of 1 teaspoon), three times a day. If it is used orally in excessive doses, mistletoe berry or leaf can cause serious adverse reactions.

Mistletoe Viscum album dried powder: 1 ounce

Alcohol such as vodka or apple cider vinegar: 1 pint

Mix herb with alcohol or cider vinegar in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid, such as a canning or preserving jar.

Keep the tincture in a tightly closed jar in a warm spot (but not in the sun), for approximately two weeks.

Shake the tincture two to three times every day.

After two weeks*, strain the tincture through pharmaceutical filter paper, a coffee filter, cheesecloth, or muslin. You may need to strain your tincture two or even three times to remove all of the herb solids. Leaving solids in your tincture may lead to mold and spoilage.

Store your tincture in a dark bottle or cupboard.

Tinctures can be used topically in water for bathing wounds, soaking feet, in the bath, or as a household disinfectant.

*Note that the consensus is that the minimum time to extract herbs into a tincture is two weeks, and the maximum time is three months. Extraction time also depends on the plant material and the percentage of alcohol needed. Most above ground plant parts only need about 40% alcohol and will extract very quickly. Tougher roots and rhizomes typically need a higher percentage of alcohol and longer time to extract.

This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Want to prepare this herb as an infusion instead? Check out this video of ACHS President Dorene Petersen. (Note that mistletoe has a very low therapeutic margin, so be sure to adhere to the recommended dosage for this herb.)

See more: Herbs

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