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Linden, also called the Small Leaf Lime or Basswood tree, belongs to the Tiliaceae plant family. It is found in both Europe and North America. Linden is slow-growing but a long-living tree — some trees live 150 or up to 300 years. Today, there are almost 80 cultivated varieties sold. Linden trees are a beneficial plant for the urban landscape as they tolerate a wide range of conditions and will resist pollution that often kills or stunts other trees.
Linden infusions have been called the “nectar of kings” since ancient times due to their powerful health benefits. There are many folk tales across the globe, from Celtic, Roman, German to Polish folklore. Most of the stories have to do with truth, protection and love.
In mythology the Linden tree is a symbol of peace, truth and justice. According to German folklore, it was not possible to tell a lie while standing under the Linden tree. Consequently Germans often met under the tree where they held their justice cases and marriage ceremonies.
The Leaf and Flower are often used together to make teas and tinctures with a regard for the nervous system. Flowers were historically used to soothe nerves, working to sedate those that are overstimulated, and to treat health problems associated with anxiety. The Flowers were steeped as a tea to relieve anxiety related to indigestion, irregular heartbeat and vomiting.
Linden has an affinity to the nervous system, muskoskeletal system, digestive system, immune system and respiratory system. For respiratory issues combine Linden with Elderflower, Marshmallow root and Lemon balm. For hypertensive issues combine Linden with Hawthorn, Hibiscus, Motherwort or Rosehips.
Linden Leaf & Flower are commonly tinctured, steeped as Linden tea and incorporated into other herbal blends.
How to use:
1 teaspoon of Linden to one cup of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.
Add 1 cup to create a refreshing bath, or use as a rinse that is historically known to soften dry skin and hair. Also, Linden has properties that promote skin elasticity, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles on the skin. Use as an eye compress.
Cautions & contraindications:
Long-term high dose may have cardio-toxic effects. It should not be used by children or people who have heart problems. Allergic sensitivity in some individuals.
Tea may inhibit iron absorption when taken with food or supplements; however, tincture mildly promotes iron absorption.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.