Linden treeFrom earliest times, lime was a well-known tree for its therapeutic virtues. The Teutonic civilizations considered it a sacred tree, while the Celts saw in it a symbol of altruism. It is considered that this tree influences people to tell the truth, which is why in Medieval times, lovers swore eternal love in the shade of a lime tree.
DescriptionThe lime is a tall tree, reaching 20-40m, with big heart shaped leafs. The flowers have a yellowish-white color and a strong perfume. The tree is resistant to cold temperatures and wind, being found in mountainous regions. Lime is one of the most longevous trees, able to reach the age of 1000 years and to produce up to 100 kg of flowers.
PropertiesLime flowers have in their composition sugar, gallic and catechol acids, and also essential oil, which give the plant neurosedative and antispastic properties, reducing inflammations of the respiratory system.
TreatmentsBecause of the active substances it contains and the properties it has, lime is used as a sedative in cases of insomnia. It is successfully utilized against states of anxiety and irritability.
Having a sudorific, antithermic, emollient and expectorant action, lime is used as a tea for treating colds and influenza.
The tea stimulates abundant perspiration, decreasing body temperature. Lime flowers have a calming effect and help eliminate bronchic secretions. Associated with chamomile and mint, lime flowers ease digestion and tonify the gastric mucous.
Having a calming and decongestive action, the lime flowers, under the form of baths, are used for calming down fussy children and people suffering from convulsive cough. The lime flower pillow is recommended to those suffering of insomnia and nervous hyper excitability.
Lime flower tea mixed with sodium bicarbonate is used as throat wash for inflammations of the tonsils. In cosmetics, combined with cornflower flowers, helps reduce dark rings under the eyes. It is also used for calming irritated complexions.
MixturesLime flower tea is prepared from a teaspoon of flowers added to 250 ml of boiling water. The pot is kept covered for 5-10 minutes, the tea is then filtered and consumed in a dose of 1-2 cups per day, sweetened with honey or sugar.
The infusion for gargle is prepared from adding 25 g of flowers to 250 ml of boiling water to which 5 g of sodium bicarbonate is added.
The sedative infusion is prepared from 20 g of flowers to a liter of hot water. One cup is consumed after the evening meal and one before bed.
Lime tea baths are prepared from 500 g of plant to 3 liters of water. The bath lasts about 15-20 minutes, at a temperature of maximum 37 degrees Celsius.
Lime flower macerate is obtained from 3 tablespoons of flowers macerated in a bowl with 250 ml of cold water, for a period of 8-10 hours, after which it is placed on the fire until it boils slightly. It is then filtered and left to cool down after which it is mixed with bee honey. One tablespoon, before bed, is administered from the honey mixed with lime tea.
The compress of lime flower infusion mixed with corn flowers is kept on the eyelids for 10-15 minutes before bed to reduce the dark rings under the eyes.
Lime flower mask with properties of nourishing and reviving pale complexions is made from 4 spoonfuls of lime infusion, a spoonful of milk powder and one of wheat bran. They are mixed until a paste is obtained which is kept on the face for 10-15 minutes. It is then washed off with lime infusion.
WarningIt is recommended to not have more than 3 cups of tea per day and to not use infusions which are too concentrated. If the doses are too big, the lime flower tea can have exciting effects on the nervous system, causing insomnia.
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