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Tip for the cold season

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Linden or Lime blossom tea

Medical uses of linden blossom:
Diaphoretic (induces sweating), cough-relieving, antispasmodic, sedative, blood thinning, diuretic

Caution:
Linden blossom tea should be discontinued after two weeks of use

Worth knowing:
The blossom from the lime tree goes under 2 names; the lime blossom and the linden blossom. In Europe it is generally better known as lime blossom, and in North America as linden blossom. The lime tree is widespread and a popular tree in many of our streets and parks. Once fully grown, it becomes a large and enduring tree. The lime tree should not however, be confused with the citrus lime tree, which is quite different and grows in warmer climates.  There are botanically two types of lime tree: the large leaved lime or summer lime and the small leaved lime. The blossom from the large leaved lime, which blossoms in June, is more popular for making tea. Tea from the linden blossom has traditionally been enjoyed for decades during the cold season. In folk-medicine, linden blossom tea is well known as being antispasmotic and being able to sweat inducing.  However, less well-known is the inner tree bark, which is believed to heal a range of symptoms, including stomach cramps, flatulence, toxicity, intestinal disease, night sweats and fever. Linden tree blossom can be combined with other herbal teas, such as chamomile, marshmallow, rose hips and peppermint.

How to collect linden blossom:
Linden blossoms have to be collected with the bract (the leaf-like sheath that encases the blossom), no later than 3 days after flowering and then dried.  They should be placed on a large towel and left to dry in a warm, dark room, such as an airing cupboard or loft. Then the tea should then be stored in a tin.

Recipe:
For 1 cup. Place 2 teaspoons of the dried linden blossom in a teapot with 250ml of boiling water. Leave to stand for 10 to 15 minutes. 3 cups a day are recommended.
Did you also know that, when mixed with rosewater, linden blossom tea can also be used as an invigorating facial toner?

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Birgit Funfack

Birgit Funfack is a naturopath and represents the continued interface between science and technology. Today, she is managing director of Metabolic Balance®. She ensures that the vision set out by her husband, Dr Wolf Funfack, is continually maintained and developed.

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