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The lime tree
The Tiglio belongs to the family of the tiliacee and originates in the Boreal Hemisphere. It is a very long-lived tree of considerable size and is also endowed with a vast root system. It has asymmetrical and petiolate leaves and produces hermaphrodite flowers with a calyx and a corolla of five yellow petals that at the base has numerous tufts. We find the lime tree in parks, private gardens and urban houses because it is a magnificent ornamental tree but in addition to being admired for its beauty, it is greatly appreciated for the therapeutic qualities that are contained in the bark and flowers. In the official pharmacopoeia, the flowers are used with the name of Tillia flores and contain substances such as tannins and mucilages. The flowers not only provide nectar for honey but are used to prepare healing infusions.
Medicinal properties of the lime tree
There are many medicinal properties of the linden which is a plant really appreciated in the field of phytotherapy due to its innumerable therapeutic properties. The bark has astringent properties and is used in the form of an infusion, to carry out enemas for people with continuous episodes of diarrhea or with an irritable colon. The linden flowers are harvested in June or July and left to dry. They are then used in herbal medicine to treat bronchial attacks because they have sweat, emollient, calming and vasodilatory properties. Furthermore the Tiglio is also important for calming anxiety attacks and with relaxing baths prepared with infusions, it is able to eliminate stress. The Tiglio also calms intestinal pains, colic, is hypertensive and excellent for gargling.
First of all, it must be pointed out that if you want to collect Tiglio flowers, not all trees are suitable. The harvest should be done at the end of June or beginning of July but the trees must be far from the town and from factors such as factories or passageways that could contaminate the flowers with exhaust fumes. The latter must be collected when they have not yet fully blossomed and must not be placed in plastic bags where they could be crushed and lose some of their therapeutic power. The harvest should be carried out in the late morning when the flowers do not have on the surface, drops of dew because once collected, they could rot. The day must be chosen carefully since it must not be windy, nor should the soil be damp, so if it rained the day before, the flowers cannot be harvested. If you want to collect other medicinal herbs in addition to Tiglio flowers, be careful not to mix them otherwise part of the healing properties would be lost.How to dry linden flowers
Get some net frames, if not possible, build them yourself using a thick mesh net resting on wooden fruit crates and nailed to the edges with small nails. Bring these boxes to a shady spot away from direct sunlight, such as in an attic or even on a terrace. Arrange the flowers on the trellis and if there are atmospheric agents that can contaminate them, place on them, a piece of veil that you will fasten to the sides of the net with clothes pegs to prevent it from moving. The drying operation is quite long indeed it can last up to 20 days during which time, you will have to turn the flowers from time to time. They will only be ready when they lose all moisture. Once the purpose is achieved, take the flowers and place them in well-stapled paper bags or in sterilized glass jars, well dried and hermetically sealed. The flowers are kept for a year away from heat and complete darkness.
Infusion linden: How to prepare Tiglio infusion
Boil a cup of water in a stainless steel pan. Meanwhile, in a teapot, place a dozen linden flowers buckets. When the water boils, pour it over the flowers and then let it rest until the water becomes warm. Strain the contents into a cup and sip the infusion after sweetening it with raw honey or sugar. This drink should be taken at least twice a day to evaluate its benefits. If it is summer and you like the cool drink, you can prepare the infusion, sweeten it, let it cool and put it in the fridge. You will drink it more willingly as if it were cold tea. If you have bronchial diseases or simple cooling, it is preferable to drink the hot infusion. THE linden flowers they have multiple therapeutic properties and due to the presence of etheric oil that manages to calm down coughing attacks as well as soothe annoying stomach cramps. In addition, the linden in the form of an infusion can effectively calm down and if you feel particularly stressed, you can even prepare a relaxing bath using a concentrated infusion solution, which you will mix with hot water from the tub. Although its therapeutic properties are remarkable, it is better not to overdo it because not only the lime tree but all herbs if used in a moderate way, can have side effects.