The lime tree is a very widespread medicinal tree in Europe and Asia. It belongs to the Tiliaceae family and responds to the scientific name of Tilia vulgaris. It is a wild tree that can reach a height of 40 meters. It is divided into 5 distinct parts: the leaves, the flowers, the fruits, the bracts (part between the flower and the leaf) and the sapwood (soft wood under the bark). In terms of composition, this plant contains mucilages, essential oil, phenol acids, caffeic acid, tannins and terpene derivatives.
What are its indications in herbal medicine?
Linden is a plant with sedative, relaxing and antispasmodic properties. For this purpose, it is mainly used to treat pathologies of nervous origin. Examples include insomnia, stress, anxiety attacks, heart palpitations and migraines. He also participates in the stimulation of digestive functions. It reduces intestinal spasms and helps prevent bloating.
This plant also helps to restore the functions of the kidneys, liver and gallbladder. It promotes the elimination of toxins and stimulates the secretion of bile. It thus participates in the reduction of cholesterol levels in the blood.
In addition, linden helps to treat various dermatological conditions. It allows, among other things, to soothe chapping, eczema, insect bites and pruritus. It also plays a role in the treatment of influenza and helps reduce nasal secretions.
In what forms is linden used?
In herbal medicine, this officinal plant comes in the form of infusion, decoction, mother tincture, capsule, hydrosol, glycerine macerate and honey.
How to use it ?
- Tisane: infuse for 15 minutes a tablespoon of dried plant in a cup of boiling water. Drink 3 cups a day or 1 cup before bedtime.
- Bath made from linden bracts: moisturizes the skin in case of dryness, reduces irritation and relaxes the muscles
- Mother tincture: add 15 drops of tincture to a glass of water, drink in the morning and in the evening after meals.
- capsule: 2 to 4 capsules per day
- Glycerine macerate: 30 to 50 drops 3 times a day or 100 drops before bedtime
- Honey: in a cup of tea or herbal tea, add 1 teaspoon of honey to improve digestive comfort and to fight against insomnia, flu and migraines. In external use, it adds a layer of protection to the skin.
What are the precautions for use and the contraindications?
Due to the lack of sufficient research on the effects of linden during pregnancy and lactation, it is best to first consult the advice of a therapist or health professional before taking it.
In addition, consumed in high doses, this plant can cause diarrhea. It should also be avoided if the person suffers from large gallstones or urinary stones.