Common lime, linden flower, lime blossom, tilia
A hybrid tree, found within the wild in Europe where both parent trees grow.
The dried flowers.
Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.
Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.
The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.
Relaxant and diaphoretic, can be used as a gentle sedative and cold remedy for children.
Key actions: Mild sedative, spasmolytic, diaphoretic, peripheral vasodilator.
In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to treat restlessness, hypertension, headaches and catarrh.
If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.
Infusion: 1 to 3 teaspoons of herb (2 to 6 g) to a cup of cold water. Pour boiling water over the herb and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.
Tincture: Take 4 to 10 ml (1:5 tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Fluid extract: 1:1 Take 2 to 4 ml, 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Dried Herb: Maximum of 12 g per day may be taken as a powder or capsules.
This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Malvaceae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.
Very occasional allergic reactions have been reported during tests including contact urticaria, (following the use of shampoo with lime flower extract), allergic rhinitis (as a result of lime flower tea) and lime flower pollen may trigger a cough and IgE-medicated rhinoconjunctivitis. Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.
Interactions with drugs
Do not take concurrently with iron supplements or with a meal, as a depletion of iron absorption may result.
Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.
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