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The Magical Power of the Linden

Nadia Galinova
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Nadia Galinova
The Magical Power of the Linden

The month of June is unthinkable without the scent of lime blossom! Lime blossom in the form of an infusion, has a diuretic effect and facilitates sleep, relieves the irritated mucous membrane of a sore throat.

In the beginning the green leaves were used and then only later the flower. Linden tea is often prescribed for minor sleep problems and nervous conditions. The calming effect of lime blossom has also been shown by many studies.

The flowers have a diuretic effect, but are also recommended for the treatment of very high blood pressure, against fatty deposits in the blood vessels (because it dilates the blood vessels) and as a pain reliever for migraines. Externally linden blossom helps with cracked skin, insect bites and skin inflammation.

The effect of the individual linden ingredients has not been explained. In folk medicine, very hot tea is recommended to induce sweating and increase resistance to colds and flu. Some of these effects are due to the heat of the tea drink and its aroma. Clinical studies confirm success in the treatment of influenza-like illness in children, but also in the prevention of colds and flu.

Linden is used successfully to treat flu-like illnesses that occur with high fever, relieve coughs, cause sweating and increase resistance to infections.

The flowers are picked before the blossoms open up and they are then dried in thin layers in the open air, but should not be exposed to sunlight. We should not overstock the herb, because over time it loses its effectiveness.

Linden Tea

As with all herbs, care must be taken not to exceed the linden dose. Do not exceed the prescribed dose, because it can disrupt the function of the heart.

People with a heart disorder should consult a doctor or herbalist before consuming linden tea. Not recommended for pregnant and lactating women.

In addition to tea, linden blossom is also used in the kitchen. Its taste is very similar to the taste of carrots. For carrot cream soup, linden tea without sugar can be used and the dish will have a richer taste.

Linden blossom can also be added to apple cider vinegar. Pour a handful of flowers with one liter of vinegar, add some lemon peels and 60 g of honey and leave it for 1-2 days.

The leaf buds and young leaves can be added to salads, the buds can be pickled like capers, ripe linden fruit can be ground and added to flour. Sweet Jellies and Syrups can be made as well.