Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mistletoe Tea

Mistletoe is synonymous with Christmas but there is a way of utlising it all year round in the form of Mistletoe tea.

Mistletoe Tea© by Haalo



It's not the name of a herbal blend, this is made purely from European mistletoe. Many healing properties have been attributed to mistletoe such as normalising blood pressure, easing tinnitus, relieving circulatory and respitory problems as well as having a calming effect.

Mistletoe Tea© by Haalo


There seems to be two approaches in making the tea - one involves soaking the tea in cold water overnight and the other is brewing it like regular herbal tea.

Judging it solely as a beverage, it is quite pleasant. It's not bitter at all, there's no tannins so it is refreshing and the tea itself has a sweet note to it.

4 comments:

  1. Cascadia GirlDecember 29, 2010

    FYI:

    From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe

    Viscum album (European Mistletoe, Santalaceae), the only species native in Great Britain and much of Europe. ....
    Viscum album is a poisonous plant that causes acute gastrointestinal problems including stomach pain, and diarrhea along with low pulse.[1] However, both European Mistletoe and the North American species, Phoradendron flavescens, are commercially harvested for Christmas decorations.[2]

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  2. OH. Excellent, Cascadia Girl. 'Cause I was going to say that when we were kids, they always made such a huge fuss about us washing our hands after we cut it -- but it's a different kind...

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  3. I have never heard of this..interesting!

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