Linden flower (Tilia spp.)
The linden flower (Tilia spp.) is also known as basswood or simply the lime tree. It is mostly common in Asia, Europe and Eastern North America. Since it is an ancient tree, it is believed to be a sacred one and in case one destroys it, the punishment would be death automatically. This flower comes with over thirty variations and it is preferred by several people since it has the ability of growing quickly and it lives for a long period of time. The tree plays a major role in the world today with a number of medicinal purposes linked to it. Additionally, it has the prowess of attracting a large number of insects making it possible for it to blossom annually. Keep reading to learn more of the tree.
There are several medicinal uses of this Tilia spp. in the world today. Some of the major uses include the following:
- It is used in the treatment of dry skin whereby a small portion of it is applied on the dry skin and with time, the dry skin heals fast.
- The tree has an active ingredient which is volatile oil used as a sedative. For those people suffering from sleepless nights, taking this herb is important as it will create sleepiness making you have a better as well as longer sleep throughout the night.
- The herb helps in lowering blood pressure in people suffering from the condition. Having high blood pressure can cause death especially if the condition is not taken care of. However, with this herb, it is easier to put the condition under control.
- Today, there are several people who suffer from high anxiety and stress levels due to various reasons. It is believed that taking this herb will help in reducing such levels and this will in turn help in reducing high blood pressure.
- Linden flower has the ability of inducing sweating as well as decongestion in an individual’s body such as the nose and lungs among others.
- Tilia spp. has flavonoids which are considered to be very effective when it comes to reducing fevers.
- Coughs, colds and lack of appetite can easily be alleviated using linden flower.
- Since linden has a mild choleretic action, it is used in the restoration of liver in most parts of the world today.
Dosage and Administration
When it comes to dosage and administration of linden flower, it is important to firstly consult your doctor. He will be in a perfect position to provide you with the recommended dosage as well as administration that suits your condition best.
- The dosage provided will depend on the kind of condition that you have and how long it will take before it is kept under control.
- The administration of linden flower can either be done in tea form, tincture or liquid extracts. The doctor will recommend whether to take the herb directly in tea form and for how long or simply as an extract.
There are various parts from linden that are used. Some of them include the following:
- The bark is one of the parts that is used from linden flower. It is believed that it has the ability of treating various ailments such as kidney stones, coronary diseases and gout stones among others.
- The fruit of the linden flower is yet another perfect part that is used especially for medicinal purposes. Once the fruit blossoms, it tends to produce a scented nectar fragrance. Its blossom is considered to be herb that can be used in lowering blood pressure, and inducing relaxation.
- The leaves of the linden flower can be harvested, washed and boiled to produce a tea like substance that can be used to treat various conditions.
Some of the benefits that come with Tilia spp. include the following:
- The linden flower leaves are considered to be high in magnesium, potassium, calcium and nitrogen which are necessary supplements required by the body.
- Tilia spp. once harvested, their wood can be used for various purposes such as for paper pulp, furniture and for making children’s toys.
- It produces honey which contains a sweet flavor accompanied by calming and antiseptic qualities.
- Its bark can be used in absorbing toxins and at the same time in treating diarrhea.
In most cases, Tilia spp. does not harbor any side effects although if taken without consulting a doctor can result to:
- Nausea and drowsiness
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