How to exploit the properties of the local or local lime tree, Tilia platyphyllos, with a fragrant, relaxing expectorant, emollient herbal tea using the fragrant flowers still in bud and the most tender leaves.
It is an easy recipe that boasts very ancient origins and which is still recommended today in the phytotherapeutic field, in homeopathy and herbal medicine as a natural remedy for treating winter ailments, as an effective remedy against cough, as an expectorant for mucus, as a calming agent for anxiety disorders and as a remedy to combat insomnia. Also effective for applications in the form of compresses to soothe skin irritations of various kinds such as sunburn and insect bites.
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For the preparation, the flowers or leaves of the lime tree are used, an ornamental tree with medicinal properties, widespread and cultivated throughout the Italian territory in city avenues, in public parks and even in private gardens.
Recipe of Linden herbal tea
- 250 ml of water or a cup
- 1 teaspoon of dried lime blossom
- 1 teaspoon of honey
Preparation of the Linden herbal tea
Pour the water into a saucepan and boil it. Put the dried Linden flowers in a ceramic cup, cover them with boiling water and leave to infuse for 10 minutes, covering the cup with a clean cloth. After the infusion time, filter the infusion using a fine mesh strainer. Sweeten the Linden herbal tea with honey (optional) and drink up to 2-3 times a day.
the herbal tea or linden infusion can also be consumed in summer as a thirst-quenching drink, preferably with the addition of a few drops of lemon.
Infusion of lime leaves
The infusion prepared with lime leaves is also excellent as a diaphoretic, emollient, etc.
It is prepared by covering 1 level spoonful of lime leaves and flowers with a cup of boiling water. After covering the cup, it is left to infuse for 10 minutes before filtering and then taken in case of palpitations, tachycardia and nervousness up to three times a day or before bedtime if you want to fight insomnia. The infusion of lime leaves added to the hot bath water is also an excellent relaxant. The foot bath is also excellent for relaxing and deflating legs and feet.
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Linden flowers and leaves must be collected from trees not treated with antifungal or pesticide products and from trees not cultivated in urban areas or other polluted places. They are collected in bunches and in order to keep them for the winter they must be dried in a dry and ventilated place and then closed in paper bags or jars with airtight caps and consumed within 1 year at the latest.
In addition to herbal tea or infusion, lime can also be consumed in capsules or mother tincture both easily available in herbal medicine and pharmacy.
Contraindications of the Linden infusion
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The Linden herbal tea is not recommended for people suffering from low blood pressure, for those suffering from hay fever. Consumption should be avoided by heart patients, in case of pregnancy and during the lactation period.
For the intake of the herbal tea or the linden infusion it is advisable to consult your doctor before use. To be avoided in case of heart disease and hypersensitivity to one or more components. Excessive use can lead to a laxative effect or skin rashes.
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Linden flowers are also excellent fresh in mixed salads or as a flavoring for scrambled eggs.