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The Celtic Druids believed that mistletoe, which is partially parasitic and grows in apple and oak trees, was sacred and contained the soul of the tree.
They chopped it down at the Summer and Winter Solstices and hung it in houses, because it was thought to aid in healing and protect from evil spirits. It was also thought to aid in fertility, which is where the tradition of kissing beneath it originated.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ritual_of_oak_and_mistletoe

The ritual of oak and mistletoe is a Celtic religious ceremony, in which white-clad druids climbed a sacred oak, cut down the mistletoe growing on it, sacrificed two white bulls and used the mistletoe ... While Pliny does not indicate the source on which he based this account, Jean-Louis Brunaux has argued that it was likely ...

www.answers.com/Q/How_did_the_Druids_use_mistletoe

The Druids considered mistletoe a holy plant that protected fromevil and had great medicinal value. Mistletoe didn't begin quite sowell in Norse.

www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/5323383/Blood-and-Mistletoe-The-History-of-the-Druids-in-Britain-By-Ronald-Hutton-review.html

May 17, 2009 ... The mistletoe in the title of this book does not come as a surprise: most ... a bronze skin-scraper used in Roman baths), Aubrey triumphantly ...

www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2010/12/whats_the_deal_with_mistletoe.html

Dec 14, 2011 ... But how did a hemi-parasitic plant that grows on tress become asso . ... scoffed at the Druids of the 1st Century A.D. for believing that "mistletoe, ...

www.blackhillscelticevents.org/Events/CelticMistle.htm

The Mistletoe does not have roots and is dependent on its host for survival. ... The Mistletoe was a sacred plant in the pagan religion of the Druids in Britain.

www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/articles/mythology_folklore/mistletoe.asp

The plant in old folklore is called Allheal, used in folk medicine to cure many ills, and indeed the Druids considered the mistletoe to be a sacred plant and ...

www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/history/mistletoe.htm

Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that is commonly used as a Christmas ... The mistletoe of the sacred oak was especially sacred to the ancient Celtic Druids. On the ...

herbs-treatandtaste.blogspot.com/2011/01/european-mistletoe-druids-universal.html

Jan 23, 2011 ... Druids used mistletoe to reach the other world in their shamanic rites and also used it in human sacrifices. Today modern “Druids” gather in ...

www.cancersalves.com/articles/mistletoe.html

Mistletoe has held interest as a possible anti-cancer agent since the 1920's. ... The ancient Druids used mistletoe an aphrodisiac and a protection against poison ...