Lime blossom

Tilia europaca, Tilaceae. This plant is also known as linden blossom and lime flowers. The dried flowers are the part of the plant used.

The flowers should be collected immediately after flowering in mid summer. They should be gathered on a dry day and dried in the shade.

Functions of lime blossom

Lime blossom:

  • makes a relaxing remedy that is a delicious infusion. It reduces nervous tension and anxiety and aids with sleep. It calms excitable restless children. It is also useful for conditions associated with tension such as tension headaches, period pains, colic and cramps.
  • is a useful remedy for high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. This is because of the relaxation effects in combination with the bioflavonoids. It also relaxes the heart making it useful for palpitations, and coronary artery disease.
  • is a diaphoretic when taken hot, thus increasing the blood supply to the skin. This makes it useful for reducing fevers, particularly in children. It will assist in the treatment of colds and flu and is particularly effective when combined with elder flowers.
  • has a diuretic action when taken as a warm or cool infusion. This will assist in clearing toxins from the body through the urinary system.

Dosages

Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 1 teaspoonful of the blossom and infuse for 10 minutes. This should be drunk three times per day. For the diaphoretic effect in fever use 2-3 teaspoonsful.

Tincture: take 1-2 ml of the tincture three times per day.

References

Hoffmann, D. 2000, The New Holistic Herbal. Element Pub.

McIntyre, A. 1995, The Complete Women's Herbal. Henry Holt Reference Books.

Mills, S. Y. 1989, The A-Z of Modern Herbalism: A Comprehensive Guide to Practical Herbal Therapy. Thorson.

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