Linden flowers include this plant's small yellowish flower and oblong flower bracts, which look like leaves. They are called lime flowers in Europe. Folklore abounds on this plant; Roman and German folklore tell that this was known as the "tree of lovers", while Polish tradition believed the wood offered protection against the evil eye and lightning! Today, we know this makes a wonderful herbal tea, and it's also sometimes a base for perfumes.
- You'll find this plant in the temperate climates of Europe, Asia and North American.
- Used for centuries in a wide variety of therapeutical preparations.
- The tiny aromatic flowers of the tree attract bees.
Directions: To use as a tea, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 tsp. of herb, cover and steep 3-5 minutes.
Suggested uses: Add the flowers to your bathwater, or use in brewing a delicious, soothing tea.
Botanical name: Tilia species