What do we know about plants - signs of a flower horoscope? Mistletoe.
the Last month of winter begin under the sign of a mistletoe, a strange plant about which the set of legends and legends is put. Given rise from February 1 to February 10, in time “ boards “ this mysterious flower, the woman differs in curiosity and ease of behavior, “ risky “ character and ability to fascinate even the most unapproachable man. Men - mistletoes to be pleasant to women, have to stake on sport. It not only will make them attractive, but also will keep health.
A mistletoe - an evergreen plant, a sort of semi-parasitic bushes of family remnetsvetnikovy. Its green spheres called “ brooms of the witch “ it is possible to see in kroner of many wood plants. The Latin patrimonial name - Viscum.
Among national names mistletoes are “ oak " berries; in Russia, “ krestovy grass “ in France, “ thunderous broom “ in Switzerland, “ panacea “ and “ bird`s " glue; in England. The last very precisely reflects features of distribution of a plant. Birds, eating mistletoe fruits, soil beaks with a sticky core, clean about a branch of other trees and leave on them together with sticky weight seeds.
The mistletoe takes moisture and nutrients from a tree on which grow, starting roots deeply under " bark; owner “. The mistletoe prefers to lodge on apple-trees, however it can be seen also on other trees with softer bark: a hawthorn, a poplar, a linden, a chestnut, a mountain ash, a birch, an oak and even on some coniferous breeds. Its bushes are well visible in the winter, on the bared kroner.
Branches of oak berry - ligneous, chlenisty, naked, easily break in knots. Leaves - it is pale - green, leathery, oblong, are narrowed, located to the basis in pairs on the ends of branches.
The plant blossoms in March - April. Flowers - zheltovato - green, dense on the ends of escapes. A fruit - false spherical berry white or it is yellow - orange color in which only one the large, covered with mucous pulp seed. Ripens in September - October.
There are about 70 types of a mistletoe, generally in subtropical and tropical Africa, in tropical Asia, in northern part of Australia. But in Europe and Asia, Russia and other CIS countries it is not a rarity.
Druids considered a plant sacred and believed that it can cure any diseases and protect from the evil. They attributed especially strong qualities to those rare plants which found on an oak. Later the plant took the noticeable place in sorcery and magic, attributed it force of a charm, love love spell, and also means for increase in fertility and successful hunting. The women wishing to conceive the child carried mistletoe branches on a waist or on wrists.
Probably, from - for widespread pagan superstitions and also because druids decorated with a mistletoe the altars, in its Christian churches “ do not let “.
The mistletoe contains carbohydrates, organic acids, steroids, vitamins, phenols, fenolkarbonovy acids, tannins, flavonoids and still a set of other useful substances which full list would take a lot of place.
Preparations from branches and leaves possess knitting, diuretic, styptic, anesthetizing, anti-inflammatory, anti-sclerous and laxative properties, lower arterial pressure, improve action of the heart, expand vessels, reduce excitability of the central nervous system, increase release of milk at the feeding women. In ancient times they were used for treatment of malignant tumors.
According to the figurative statement of the famous healer S. V. Makeev, a mistletoe … “ practically can do everything. It is difficult to find means which would influence such large number of diseases, besides the most various bodies " in the nature;.
People use useful properties of a mistletoe as confirmed with modern science long ago, and fictional. Despite considerable advantage, “ to tame “ the plant still did not work well, and in gardens it is considered the wrecker. That, our life is weaved from contradictions.]