Mistletoe: a biography 0.1

Courtesy of Countryside Online

Kissing under bunches of mistletoe is a well-known Christmas tradition but its history as a symbolic herb dates back three thousand years.

The Greeks were known to use it as a cure for everything from menstrual cramps to spleen disorders and the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder noted it could be used as a balm against epilepsy, ulcers and poisons.