Lime Tree - Best Herb for Health
Tilia cordata, T. platyphyllos (and their hybrids) Tiliaceae Also called Linden tree
This tree) which grows as high as 20-40m) has grey bark that is smooth but cracks with age. Its leaves) whose size vary according to species, are an asymmetric heart-shape with serrated edges. The sweetly scented light yellow flowers grow in clusters and have long, greenish yellow bracts that are joined to the flower stalk.
The flowers contain phenolic acids, proanthocyanadins, tannins, flavonoids, mucilages and a small quantity of essential oil that has a sedative effect. The sapwood also contains phenolic compounds and phloroglucinol.
Taken internally, the flowers areprescribed for minor sleep problems and nervous conditions. A hybrid of Tilia cordata and T. platyphyJ/os was shown by Portuguese scientists in 2001 to possess sedative effects.
In 1985 the antispasmodic effect of lime flowers was demonstrated, which has been attributed to the plant's phenolic compounds and phloroglucinol. The ability to relax smooth muscle is also attributed to the sapwood. Lime-tree flowers also possess Diuretic qualities. They have been recommended for the treatment of hypertension, for fatty deposits in blood vessels (as they dilate the vessels), and to relieve migraines.
The sapwood is a purgative and also stimulates the secretion and elimination of bile. It is taken by mouth to treat gallstones, bloating and digestive problems.
Used externally, lime-tree flowers can soothe cracked and chapped skin, insect bites and skin irritations.
Plant in moist, well-drained soil in a sunny location. Trees can be grown from seed planted when ripe.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT minor sleeping problems
TO TREAT digestive problems caused by the liver, gallstones, bloating
For external use
TO TREAT cracked or chapped skin, insect bites
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
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