The leaf is dried & used as tea for fevers, bronchitis, bladder problems & gout.
The leaves can have a calming effect & they have been known to facilitate better arterial function & blood circulation.
Holly leaf extract is sometimes used to combat jaundice, dizziness & emotional problems.
The primary active ingredient in holly is caffeine & this should be taken into consideration.
The berries typically contain a higher concentration of caffeine than is found in the leaves.
The berries are poisonous!
Steep 1 tsp of the chopped leaf in 1 cup of boiled water for 20 minutes.
Take up to 1 cup during a day.
The juice of the fresh leaf is helpful in jaundice,take 1 tbsp per day.
Holly is known as an herb of protection.
Cast it about to repel unwanted animals & spirits.
Planted near a house, holly repels negative spells sent against you.
A bag of leaves & berries carried by a man increases his ability to attract women.
Carry to promote good luck.
After midnight on a Friday, without making a sound, gather 9 holly leaves.
Wrap these up in a white cloth using 9 knots then tie the ends together.
Place this beneath your pillow & your dreams will come true.
A tree of protection holly signifies courage, wisdom & immortality.
It is used in dream magic & as a protection against harm.
Carrying a wand or walking stick made of holly wood will prevent you from falling victim to all hexes & bewitchment's.
To avoid bad luck, be sure never to bring holly into your house prior to Christmas Eve.
However, not having holly in your house at all on Christmas Day is said to conjure the worst of luck for all members of the family.
It is supposed to be very unlucky to step on a holly berry,cut down a holly tree, sweep a chimney with holly, or burn discarded holly boughs, which some folks believe invites the Angel of Death to claim a member of the family.
The male variety of holly brings good luck to men.
Female variety brings good luck to all the women.
To determine what sort of winter weather lies ahead, according to an old & popular method of divination from New England, examine the number of berries growing on a holly tree.
If there are many, this is a sign that inclement weather is in the offing.
But if there are few or none, this indicates that the weather will be mild.