With delicate white pearly berries and strong stems, the mistletoe is an easy herb to recognize and is one of those dreamy herbs synonymous with Christmas. It greets you as you walk into someone's home, either suspended from a door frame or hung from the ceiling of a living space.
As you're welcomed into someone's home, do you dash through hoping the moment has passed only to receive a friendly seasonal peck, while your face mimics a scrunched up piece of paper? Or, do you embrace the playfulness and take a cherished kiss while you savor the moment? Well I guess that depends on who it is. Perhaps the mistletoe hasn't been popular as a decoration in recent years to avoid the awkwardness. It seems this pretty herb could be making a come back though as natural greenery becomes more popular over plastic and mass produced Christmas decor.
"All heal" is the old name for mistletoe. This poisonous herb is actually very beneficial in the right hands, and in a heavily diluted form can help reduce a high heart rate, lower blood pressure and aid in the dilation of the arteries among many other benefits. This herb that showcases white berries midwinter acts as a sedative and improves dizziness, helps headaches and boosts energy levels.
Mistletoe is a parasitic herb and loves to grow in the crowns of trees and was considered sacred by the Druids. Once gazed upon it looks as though this herb lives in the air and happens to be resting in the trees.
Among the general Christmas decor of Christmas trees, candles and garlands, the mistletoe is one of those timeless pieces of natural decor that is either met with dread or enthusiasm for the ephemeral closeness to another human being. For every kiss it is custom to remove a berry, and no more kissing can commence when there are no berries left. A few sprigs of mistletoe is a wonderful seasonal must have, or you could go all out and create a kissing ball, otherwise known as a kissing bough for plenty of festive cheer and entertainment.