Mistletoe Remedy

mistletoe tea remedy

Mistletoe (Viscum album) Remedy

This entry was provided to me by a friend – middle-aged woman, average height, athletic build – who has been trying out various herbal remedies to improve her health. This is her personal experiment with mistletoe tea with the goal of improving her consistently high blood pressure.

“Last summer 2017, I completed a six week course of Mistletoe tea infusion as recommended by Maria Treben in her book entitled “Health through God’s Pharmacy.” According to Treben, Mistletoe is invaluable in the treatment of all heart and circulatory disorders. Since I had been taking prescription medication for high blood pressure for over 20 years and had recently developed daily heart palpitations which greatly concerned me, I decided to trial her prescribed advice with this medicinal herb. At the advice of an elderly German friend of mine who introduced me to Treben’s book, I purchased the Mistletoe from Smallflower ( smallflower.com/herbs-teas ), a trusted apothecary out of Chicago established in 1875.

“As recommended, I drank 3 cups of tea daily for 3 weeks, then reduced the amount to 2 cups daily for 2 weeks, and then 1 cup daily for 1 week. I prepared the tea as a cold infusion by placing a heaping teaspoon of the dried herbs in a mason jar then pouring 8 oz of cold water over the herbs and covering them with a lid. I soaked the herbs overnight in the refrigerator for 8-12 hours. The next morning I strained the mixture and allowed the liquid to warm to room temperature. For the first five weeks, I kept the tea in a thermos and sipped it throughout the day. The last week, I drank one prepared cup each morning.

“Although my blood pressure did not improve after six weeks, my palpitations completely disappeared and have not resumed since I last drank the tea eight months ago.

“I plan to repeat this treatment annually as recommended. Aside from some mild nausea for a few days after starting the tea, I essentially experienced no other side effects. Maria Treben’s book which provides anecdotal examples is a valuable reference to herbal healing.”

Why Herbs?

Herbs are what our ancestors used for medicine. Each plant, the first being very different from the last, has infinite things going on within itself that all work together in a perfectly orchestrated system.

Mainstream science has a tendency to (attempt to) segregate and siphon off particular elements of each, distill to very strong doses, and sell them to relieve people of various ailments.

While this has its benefits, especially for extreme diseases and life threatening situations, these lab experiments have had a lot of issues as well, creating unnatural side effects and sometimes causing more problems than solutions.

So, what’s the balance between that extreme, and the other extreme of swearing off all pharmaceuticals?


We’ve lost a lot of what used to be mainstream knowledge about nature and plants, and our modern day diets (which is another discussion for another day) have been condensed into very few foods which don’t have enough of the nutrients our bodies need to function at their very best.

This is why we need to take the responsibility of learning for ourselves what nature can provide to us, in exchange for growing and maintaining these plants, and continuing on the good traditions that have saved our lives through the centuries.