Othercommon names- Lime tree, basswood, large leaf linden, summer linden, tilia, small leaf lime tree, winter linden. There is also a hybrid species called European linden.
Latin- Tilia cordata, Tilia americana, Tilia europea
Parts used: Leaf and Flower
Constituents- Flavonoids, essential oil, mucilage, sugar, tannins and phenolic acids
Internally as a tea or tincture linden is used for helping upper respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis and to cool feverish states. It is also used for aiding in digestive cramps and indigestion. The extract of the leaf. flowers, and buds can be quite relaxing, ideally it’s good for helping stress related problems including nervousness, insomnia, restless legs, mild hysteria, high blood pressure, emotional support and anxiety. It can be combined with other relaxing herbs to assist its actions.
Linden is a very motherly tree- the divine feminine in tree form, she is nurturing, loving, compassionate and caring like a mother’s love can provide. She can be used for meditations on motherly energy and to celebrate the mother aspect of Gaia (Mother earth) and the divine feminine. She brings about a relaxing clarity, has a soothing effect on one’s awareness as if a shroud of mental fog has been cleared. A great ally for opening and protecting one’s heart space during times of reflection, grief, breakups and healing processes of all kinds.
Suggested Use- Take 20-30 drops 3-4 times a day or more as needed.