Powers: Exorcism, Fertility, Health, Hunting, Love, Protection
Magical Uses and History: Mistletoe has a long and rich history, especially in regards to Yule and Christmas, where it is traditionally hung from the ceiling and used as an excuse to kiss a loved one. This tradition originates from a couple different sources, including a Norse legend and peace tradition. The first is the Norse legend of Baldur and Frigg. Frigg loved her son so much she exacted promises from all things in the earth and below the earth asking that they never harm Baldur. Mistletoe, however, did not make any such promise as it doesn't grow in or below the earth. When Loki gave Baldur's brother, Hod, a spear of mistletoe and tricked him into firing at his brother, Baldur died. Frigg shed many tears which became the berries of mistletoe. However, when Baldur was resurrected, Frigg made mistletoe a symbol of love, hence its symbolism. The second is the tradition of calling a truce if mistletoe is spotted hanging over head during a fight or battle. From this story and tradition grew the practice of hanging mistletoe over the door or suspending it from the ceiling as a symbol of peace, good will, and love.
The history of mistletoe goes back much further than its current Yuletide tradition, however. The ancient Celts believed mistletoe to be a gift from the gods as it is a plant that does not grow in the earth. Furthermore, it remains green throughout the year, producing pure white berries right before the winter solstice which makes it very unique for the season. Right after the winter solstice, a Druid priest would use a golden sickle to cut the plant to be used used for protection, increased fertility, and, despite it being poisonous, so heal diseases. It was never allowed to touch the ground whereby it would lose its power.
Hang mistletoe wherever you wish to safe guard against lightning, disease, fires, or misfortune. It can also be hung in cradles to protect children from being stolen away by faeries in the night. Iron works well too. If you wish to increase hunting success or fertility, carry it in your pocket. Burn it to banish evil.
Mistletoe can be used in a number of spells including:
Medicinal Uses: Mistletoe, when taken internally, is an excellent nervine. It will quite the nerves and soothe the mind. It also works to reduce heart rate and blood pressure. It is great for treating headaches caused by high blood pressure. For a particularly potent mixture, combine with Hawthorn Berries and Lime Blossom.
Preparation and Dosage: Only use dried leafy twigs. The berries are poisonous! Collect young leafy twigs in the spring and dry them accordingly. To make an infusion, pour 1 cup boiling water into 1-2 teaspoonfuls of dried herb and allow to infuse for 10-15 minutes. Drink up to three times a day. For a tincture, take 1-4 milliliters up to three times a day.
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