Herbalist Letha Hadady says ingesting holly is a known treatment for chest pains and poor circulation. She says its used like nitro-glycerine to clean out cholesterol.
Meanwhile, mistletoe is good for more than just an excuse for smooching. When taken internally, it relaxes the body and has an opening effect on the spirit, which Hadady says accounts for the belief that kissing under it is believed to open up the heart.
Also, Hadady says eating peppermint is good for digestion and has relaxing properties, although eating it in a candy cane form is not good because, as she says, Thats just sugar.
Finally, Hadady says pine or pinus sylvestres as its known in latin is good for killing germs. Rubbing the essential oil on the hands and face will clean them while drinking a drop of it with a glass of water will help fight the flu.
But Hadady warns against eating the herbs raw as they can be poisonous if not prepared properly.
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