The lime tree
The lime tree belongs to the tiliacee family and originates in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a very long-lived tree with a considerable size and also has a vast root system. It has asymmetrical and petiolate leaves and produces hermaphroditic flowers with a calyx and a corolla of five yellow petals which at the base has numerous tufts. We find the lime tree in parks, private gardens and urban villas because it is a magnificent ornamental tree but in addition to being admired for its beauty, it is greatly appreciated for the therapeutic qualities that are contained in the bark and in the flowers. In the official pharmacopoeia, the flowers are used with the name of Tillia flores and contain substances such as tannins and mucilages. The flowers not only provide nectar for honey but are used to make healing infusions.
Medicinal properties of lime
There are many medicinal properties of linden which is a plant really appreciated in the field of phytotherapy precisely for its countless therapeutic properties. The bark has astringent properties and is used in the form of an infusion, to perform enemas for people with continuous episodes of diarrhea or with irritable colon. The linden flowers are harvested in June or July and left to dry. They are then used in phytotherapy to treat bronchial attacks because they have sweat, emollient, calming and vasodilating properties. In addition, Linden is also important for calming anxiety attacks and with relaxing baths prepared with infusions, it can eliminate stress. Linden also calms intestinal pains, colic, is hypertensive and excellent for gargling.
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- dry linden leaves">When to pick the Linden flowers
First of all, it must be pointed out that if you want to collect Linden flowers, not all trees are suitable. Harvesting must be done in late June or early July but the trees must be far from the town and from factors such as factories or passing roads that could contaminate the flowers with exhaust fumes. The latter must be collected when they have not yet fully blossomed and should not be placed in plastic bags where they could crush and lose part of their therapeutic power. The harvest must be done in the late morning when the flowers do not have dew drops on the surface because once collected, they could rot. The day must be chosen carefully since it must not be windy, nor the soil must be damp so, if it rained the day before, the flowers cannot be picked. If in addition to the Linden flowers, you also want to collect other medicinal herbs, be careful not to mix them otherwise part of the healing properties would be lost.
How to dry linden flowers
Get some netting frames, if this is not possible, build them yourself using very dense mesh nets placed on wooden fruit boxes and nailed to the edges with small nails. Take these boxes to a dimly lit place away from direct sunlight such as in an attic or even on a terrace. Arrange the flowers on the trellis and if there are atmospheric agents that can contaminate them, place a piece of veil on them that you will attach to the sides of the net with clothespins to keep it from moving. The drying operation is quite long in fact it can last up to 20 days during which you will have to turn the flowers from time to time. They will be ready only when they lose all the moisture. Once the purpose is achieved, take the flowers and place them in well-stapled paper bags or in sterilized, dry and hermetically sealed glass jars. The flowers can be kept for a year away from a source of heat and in complete darkness.
Linden infusion: How to prepare linden infusion
Bring a cup of water to a boil in a stainless steel pan. Meanwhile, in a teapot, place about ten linden flowers buckets. When the water boils, pour it over the flowers and then let it rest until the water becomes lukewarm. Filter the contents into a cup and sip the infusion after sweetening it with raw honey or sugar. This drink must be taken at least twice a day to evaluate its benefits. If it is summer and you like a cool drink, you can prepare the infusion, sweeten it, let it cool and put it in the fridge. You will drink it more willingly as if it were cold tea. If you have bronchial or simple colds, it is preferable to drink the infusion hot. THE linden flowers they have multiple therapeutic properties and for the presence of etheric oil that manages to calm cough attacks as well as soothe annoying stomach cramps. In addition, the linden in the form of an infusion manages to calm effectively and if you feel particularly stressed, you can even prepare a relaxing bath using a concentrated infusion solution, which you will mix with hot water from the tub. Even if its therapeutic properties are remarkable, it is better not to overdo it because not only the lime tree but all the herbs, if used in a not very moderate way, can have side effects.