The Many Myths and Species of Mistletoe

The number of species of mistletoe and ancient myths abound. There's more to this traditional holiday plant than love and kisses.

| December 2002/January 2003

Learn about the numerous species of mistletoe and the myths surrounding this plant.

Learn about the numerous species of mistletoe and the myths surrounding this plant.


Discover the numerous species of mistletoe and the ancient myths surrounding this holiday plant.

"Ivy, holly, and mistletoe
Make a good Christmas
Wherever they go."
Old English saying

"The only good mistletoe is no *&@#! mistletoe at all." —Georgia pecan farmer

My baptism beneath the mistletoe came when I was painfully 13.

I was standing in the doorway doing what I always did at parties — watching the other kids have a good time — when Sara came up behind me. The daughter of a dairy farmer, Sara was red-haired and freckled, a good two feet taller than I, at least a hundred times louder, and sturdy — what my parents always called "big boned."

The next thing I knew Sara was bellowing, "Hey look, I caught Krautwurst under the mistletoe!" Everyone in the room turned in time to see Sara grab me by the shoulders, spin me around, mash her face to mine, and give me a hard, straight-on-the-mouth, body-burning kiss that in no way resembled my Aunt Maude's my-how-he's-grown pecks on the cheek at Thanksgiving.

ben h.
1/20/2009 11:04:15 AM

What an entertainingly read. Great style!

12/23/2008 10:45:05 PM

Good info about the mistletoe! How old was the Redhead? GeneH P.S. My first kiss @ 14 (73 NOW) was from a eye!!!!

12/22/2008 4:06:43 PM

This was a great article-thank you so much! Super sweet...I hope your sarah reads it! :)

eileen landies_1
12/22/2008 3:31:34 PM

Mistletoe preparations (Iscador-Weleda Pharmacy) have been used adjunctly with conventional medicine in 80% of cancers in Europe. It is the #1 prescribed complementary cancer treatment for more than 80 years in Europe. Back in 2003 it was FDA approved and was fully listed in the Physician's Desk Reference (PDR). Due to multiple regulations in obtaining it here via Europe, a US company, Uriel Pharmacy, produces a comparable product calleed Viscum which is readily obtainable via prescription. In July of 2007, two poster studies of Iscador were presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology conference in Lugano, Switzerland that demonstrated use of Iscador significantly decreased the side effects of both chemo and radiation, as well as a greater chance of survival in the Iscador group. For more info on Iscador, please go to Use of Iscador. I benefit in no way financially from providing this information. I am hopeful that providing this info, someone may be granted longer life and greater health. This info was taken from Lilipoh Magazine Special Edition: Living with Cancer--Perspectives in the Pursuit of Health--Integrative Therapies, Nourishing the Soul and Embracing the Spirit. Also see, Cancer Treatment, R.G.-Maticek et al., Alternative Therapies Magazine, 2001. In Health, Eileen

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