In pre-Christian Germanic communities, Linden trees were planted in assembly places. Celebrations, dancing, and even judicial meetings were held under them.
Common Names: common lime, common linden, Tilia vulgaris
Latin Name: Tilia spp.
Plant Family: Tiliaceae (mallow family)
Parts Used: Flower, leaf
Habitat: Native to Europe; often found in the wild, but does well planted in gardens and along roads; long-lived; traditionally planted in meeting places
Actions & Constituents: Flowers contain antioxidant flavonoids that improve circulation, quercetin is a diaphoretic, some oils in linden are mildly sedative.
Uses: Linden relieves tension and sinus headaches. It is very calming and can aid sleep, as well as relieve stress and panic, particularly nervous palpitations. The flowers can relieve nasal congestion and soothe fever, which makes it ideal for colds and flu. Commonly taken to relieve high blood pressure, particularly when caused by emotional factors. Used in France to make lotion for itchy skin.
How to Prepare: Most commonly made into a tea