The Linden It is a very long-lived tree of the Tiliaceae family cultivated for ornamental purposes for its thick and expanded foliage, for the fragrant flowers and especially appreciated as a phytotherapeutic plant for the healthy properties useful in phytotherapy to combat insomnia, nervousness and disorders of the pathways aerial.
Active ingredients of Lime
All parts of the tree, the bark, the leaves and above all the small and fragrant flowers that hang from the branches from late spring are rich in flavonoids, coumarins, essential oil, mucilage, tannins, mineral salts, sugars and vitamin C, substances that together they constitute a phytocomplex that boasts numerous beneficial properties for the health of our organism, properties known since ancient times that were exploited by our ancestors for the treatment of various diseases, some mild and others even very serious.
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Properties of linden flowers
Linden flowers and, even if to a lesser extent, leaves perform multiple functions, listed below.
- Anti-flu: thanks to the high content of vitamin C, an infusion of flowers and leaves prevents winter ailments.
- Antipyretic and diaphoretic, it lowers fever, if taken as an herbal tea, because it promotes sweating during the fever attack.
- Depurative, they promote the elimination of toxins from the body.
- Anti-anemics, effective in the treatment of anemia as they favor the absorption of iron.
- Hypotensive, taking 2/3 cups a day of the herbal tea prepared with linden flowers and leaves has the ability to lower blood pressure.
- Anti-inflammatory, they reduce the burning and itching of the skin even if caused by allergic reactions or by insect bites;
- expectorants, favor the expulsion of phlegm, a linden tea can be very useful in case of colds, fat cough and mucus;
- sedative, they calm coughs and degreases thanks to the rich complex of flavonoids and mucilages;
- calming, they fight the states of anxiety, nervousness, headaches and insomnia states of agitation caused by stress and worries;
- emollients and moisturizers, counteract skin irritations, hives, atopic dermatitis,
- antispasmodics, effective for the treatment of irritable bowel.
- Cicatrizing: performs a healing action thanks to a substance contained in the leaves, useful in the form of poultices in case of small wounds.
How to use the lime tree
The properties of this medicinal plant can be exploited in various ways.
Assuming as needed, a linden herbal tea that is prepared in a few minutes.
A warm bath with the addition of a handful of dried flowers helps relieve muscle tension, nervousness and facilitate sleep.
The compresses with gauze soaked in flower infusion are a sweet natural remedy to soothe tired and irritated eyes from atmospheric agents, pollution and prolonged use of the computer.
A foot bath made with the infusion of leaves and flowers deflates tired feet and promotes peripheral circulation.
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Linden flowers as mentioned above, due to their hypotensive properties, are contraindicated for those suffering from low blood pressure and it is not recommended to use them in the summer months for those who have excessive sweating.
Warnings: to take the lime infusion it is advisable to consult your doctor.
When to pick the Linden flowers?
Harvesting must be done when the flowers are still closed.
The flowers are dried in a dry place and then stored in a jar with an airtight lid.
The lime tree is a tree native to Asia Minor and Europe, cultivated since the mid-eighteenth century as an ornament of city parks, private gardens and road trees in cities and the creation of shady avenues. Insights: Lime-Tilia vulgaris.
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