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Viscum album© kew

It seems an appropriate time of year to talk about mistletoe (Viscum album)!  This plant is a member of the Sandalwood family and grows by using other trees – usually apple, hawthorn or linden – as hosts.  It is a sedative herb and lowers blood pressure as well as supporting the immune system.  It is usually drunk as a cold infusion but be careful as it is highly toxic if taken in the wrong dose.  Maybe best just to kiss under the mistletoe!  Happy Christmas!

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