Even though there are many superstitions and legends in Europe focused on linden flowers, they can be used for more than rituals, and are actually a great medicinal. This tree can grow as high as 120 feet tall, with fragrant, white-yellow flowers about 1/2 inch in width. The flowers grow in clusters, with each cluster on a long stalk. These flowers usually bloom between June and August, followed by small, round pea-sized seeds. Other names for the linden flower include bast tree, lime tree, and American basswood.
WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND:
Europe, Eastern US, Eastern Canada, Texas, South Carolina
PROPERTIES AND USE:
Hypotensive, decongestant, sedative, nervine, febrifuge, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antispasmodic, and treats insomnia, diarrhea, sinus infections, headache, migraine, itchy skin, acne, sore throat
For all conditions, place 1 teaspoon dried linden flowers in 1 cup boiling water. You may repeat up to twice per day. Cooled, this infusion can be used as a rinse or bath for itchy skin or acne. Warm, it can be gargled to treat sore throat. The sapwood (inner bark of the tree) can also be used for medicine. Linden flower is available in a highly concentrated essential oil.