The lime flower tree, more commonly known as a linden tree or tilia cordata, is a deciduous flowering tree native to Europe. The tree itself is rounded in shape and may reach heights of 80 to 100 feet (24.38 to 30.48 meters). It is now found throughout both Europe and North America.
The lime flower tree possesses clusters of small flowers, which appear pale yellow to creamy white in color. The tree flowers around early- to mid-summer. The leaves of the lime flower tree are simple in structure and about two to four inches in length. They turn pale yellow in the fall. The bark is a mottled gray brown color and very fibrous.
The flowers, leaves, and bark of the tree can all be used medicinally for a variety of purposes. A tea made from the leaves and flowers of the tree can ease many ailments, especially those related to nerves. Linden tea is generally calming and offers a useful treatment option for general stress. It can also help ease muscle tension, anxiety, and insomnia.
The calming properties of the tea can assist with digestive and circulatory problems as well. It can soothe cramps, indigestion, diarrhea, and colic. Linden tea may help to lower blood pressure by helping the individual to relax. It can be used as an herbal remedy for hypertension and coronary heart disease.
Those with a cold or flu may find the tea from the lime flower tree beneficial for their symptoms as well. It can lower a fever, most notably in children. Congestion is often cleared with this treatment, and the overall length of the illness can be decreased.
To make tea from the lime flower, steep approximately three flowers in a cup of hot water. Honey may be used to sweeten the resulting tea if desired. Typical dosage is one cup of tea three times a day throughout the length of the illness.
Lime flower can also be incorporated into some external treatments. When used in a compress, lime flower can soothe eye infections. A lime flower infusion added to a hot bath will encourage relaxation and help reduce overall stress.
The lime flower tree, or linden tree, is useful as an herbal supplement only. Serious illnesses and ailments should be tended to by a doctor. Always consult a doctor before using this or any other herbal remedy as the exclusive treatment for a health problem.