The lime tree
Linden is a plant that belongs to the Tiliaceae family that originates in the northern hemisphere. The lime tree is a tree of considerable size, long-lived and with a very extensive root development. The trunk is robust and has a crown rich in branches and with a round shape. The leaves are petiolate and with a slightly serrated edge. The flowers have a yellowish color and are gathered in groups of 3 in long inflorescences. The fruits have a leathery outer structure shaped like a globe or oval. For the exploitation in medicine the flowers are used, both for infusions and for infusions, but also the younger branches and the watery extracts of the external part of the bark. The leaves and flowers contain flavonoids, coumarins, essential oils, mucilage, tannins and sugars that can be used in herbal medicine.
Properties of the lime tree
Linden is widely used thanks to its relaxing properties on the circulatory system, since it is able to lower the pressure, but it is also useful for combating insomnia, tachycardia, nervousness and headache, caused by stress. The mucilages present in the linden are able to help in disorders of the respiratory tract, thanks to a mucolytic and anti-inflammatory action, in the presence of both cough and phlegm. The derivatives from fresh buds can be used to take advantage of the sedative and anxiolytic properties working on the neurovegetative system. On the intestinal apparatus, the linden is able to operate as an antispasmodic especially in the presence of irritations. The lime tree is well tolerated both in pregnancy and in lactation and can also be given to children.
For the preparation of a infusion of lime you have to get flowers that should be infused in water. You should take at least 10 flowers that could be used both fresh and dried. For the preparation it should be brought to the boil of water, infusing the linden flowers for 5 minutes. Once the infusion is finished, filter the herbal tea in order to eliminate the lime residues. To make the infusion sweeter you could add a spoonful of honey. To make the most of the properties of the lime infusion you should drink a cup of herbal tea twice a day. There is also the possibility of drinking the infusion in summer, although in this case, it would be more appropriate to drink it fresh and with the addition of lemon.
Lime infusion for insomnia
It is also possible to prepare a further infusion that can exploit the properties of different herbs and that represents a solution to solve the problems concerning insomnia. By mixing lemon balm, linden, lavender and chamomile it is possible to make an infusion that exploits the properties of all herbs. For the preparation 250 ml of water should be taken which should be brought to the boil. The leaves of lime, lavender, lemon balm and chamomile should then be infused in boiling water for 10 minutes. The infusion should then be filtered to remove leaf debris. Adding a teaspoon of honey makes the herbal tea sweeter. The infusion should be drunk hot before going to bed to make the most of the properties of the herbs.