Mistletoe lives as a parasite scattered on hardwood, fir tree and spruce, and is an excellent medicinal plant. It grows as a parasite on a host plant in the form of balls. Its leaves are yellowish-green. The berries are whitish, slightly glassy, mucous and sticky on the inside.
This plant is surrounded by secrets. Druids (Celtic priests) called it a holy plant, a universal remedy that can remove any illness. The priests cut it with gold knives during ceremonies.
Old herbalists used it as an excellent and completely effective means for epilepsy. This primitive healing action is also recognized by Kneipp’s follower – Dr. Bohn. He recommends mistletoe in treating chronic cramps and hysteria attacks.
Leaves and small stems are collected only from the beginning of October to mid-December and in March and April, and they are cut into small peaces before the drying procedure. For the rest of the months, mistletoe has no healing properties. Mistletoe with the best healing properties comes from oak and poplar; but, those from fir tree and pines are also good. Another important information: there are almost no berries in March and April; birds usually eat them in the winter. Because of this, you will have less work on cutting leaves and stems, because you do not have to remove sticky berries.
Note: berries are poisonous, but leaves and stems are not.