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Linden Flowers (Tilia Linnaeus)
Linden Tree or American Basswood, Bee Tree, Whitewood, Limetree, is a large tree, growing up to 130 feet tall with a trunk diameter of 2 to 3 feet, and a rounded crown. It is found throughout the north temperate zone of Europe, Asia, and North America. There are many different species of Linden that are used medicinally. Regardless of species, the flower of the plant is the part that is most frequently used in medical preparations.
The flowers are tiny, with 5 yellow petals and they contain a powerful aromatic volatile oil. They also possess a nectar which attracts bees and produces a strong flavored honey, regarded as very high in quality. When this tree is in flower it will be full of bees, hence its name "Bee Tree".
History and Folklore
In Roman mythology the Linden tree was a symbol of conjugal love and fidelity.
In German folklore, the Linden tree is the "tree of lovers".
In Polish folklore it was believed that Linden tree offered protection against evil spirits and lightning. The tree was commonly planted in front of the houses to keep evil from entering. It was also a symbol of luck, family, faith and good life.
In Estonia and Lithuania, women made sacrifices in front of Linden trees, asking for fertility and domestic tranquility.
In the Slavic Orthodox Christian world, Limewood was the preferred wood for panel icon painting, for its ability to be sanded very smooth. The famous icons The Holly Trinity and The savior, by the hand of Andrei Rublev, are painted on Limewood.
In Europe, Lime trees are known to have reached thousands of years in age. A tree in Gloucestershire, for example, is estimated to be 2,000 years old.
The national poet of Romania, Mihai Eminescu, was known to receive poetic inspiration from a Linden tree in the Copou Gardens under which he would compose.
The most famous street in Berlin, Germany is called Unter den Linden or Under the Lindens, named after the Linden trees lining the boulevard.
Linden flowers had been used in European folk medicine for centuries for a wide range of health conditions like colds, cough, bronchitis, infectious diseases, headaches. Recently in a few European countries, Linden has received official approval for the treatment of colds and cold-related coughs.
Active ingredients in Linden flowers are flavonoids (which act as antioxidants), volatile oils, and mucilaginous constituents (which soothe and reduce inflammation). The plant also contains tannins that can act as an astringent. New evidence shows that it may be hepatoprotective.
Today it is widely used for colds, cough, fever, infections, inflammation, high blood pressure, headache, as a diuretic (increases urine production), antispasmodic (reduces smooth muscle spasm along the digestive tract), and sedative. The Linden tea is one of the safest herbal teas that can be taken by anyone and consumed over a long period of time.
Tip - A relaxing evening bath with Linden Flower Tea will calm nervous tension. Boil 2-3 handfuls of Linden flower (or tea packs) in 1 qt. of water and pour it into the bathwater.
The relaxing effect of Linden is also felt on the cardiovascular system, because this plant lowers blood pressure. There is no better herb for maintaining the smooth inner lining of the blood vessel walls than Linden flowers.
Tip - For skin and body care, a freshly prepared Linden Flower Tea can be added to lotions and applied to the face or body, it helps to regenerate the skin.
Tip - Because Linden flowers can reduce swelling, the tea is also an excellent remedy for puffy eyelids. To decreases swelling, simply soak cotton balls in the tea, and then place them on the eyelids for about 20 minutes. It is awesome!
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