For our precious Honey Bees: please plant a Linden Tree

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Regina Siegel
The Linden Flowers, flores tiliae, are a wonderful food for the Bees. If you have been near a flowering Linden Tree you can hear this loud! hum and you will see thousands of Bees feasting. There are semi dwarf varieties that grow and flower quite soon.
Our beloved Healing Center was called The Linden Tree (20 yrs. ago)
Blessed Be.

Witch’s Herb of the Day
Linden Leaf and Flower

Also known as: Basswood, Tilia spp, Lime Tree, and Bee Tree. (Species include Europaea, Americana, and Cordata)

The Linden tree is found in both Europe and North America. There are many folktales concerning linden across Europe. One of the most radical is of Celtic origin that states that if you sit under the linden tree you will be cured of epilepsy. In Roman and German folklore, the linden tree is seen as the “tree of lovers”, and Polish folklore tells that the wood is good protection against both the evil eye and lightning. Linden blossom have been used to make a variety of items including herbal teas and a base for perfumes, as well as being known for producing tiny aromatic flowers that attract many bees that in turn produce a wonderful honey. Native Americans of the First Nation used linden flowers for treating “sick headaches” and a nervous stomach.

Magickal energies: Healing, Calming the spirit, Peace, Sleep magick and blocking nightmares, Love and keeping a lover faithful.

Parts Used:
The flowers, carefully dried in the shade.
Constituents: alpha-pinene,ascorbic-acid,astragalin,beta-amyrin,beta-sitosterol,caffeic-acid,chlorogenic-acid,cysteine ,eugenol, geraniol, hesperidin ,isoquercitrin,limonene,linalyl-acetate,mucilage,nerolidol,p-coumaric-acid,phenylalanine,quercetin, quercitrin ,tannin, terpineol, tocopherol, vanillin

Healing history:
Modern herbalists prescribe linden flowers for all the indications listed above, plus as a treatment for sore throats and colitis. Some historical evidence, as well as recent opinion, indicates that linden may be used to offset some of the symptoms of menopause, such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia. The mucilage in the flowers coat mucous membranes to soothe inflammation and irritation. As a topical it has been used for light swelling, and therefore has been at times been used for puffy eyes. The German E Commission states that Linden can be used as a diaphoretic.

Don’t drink linden flower teas within 2 hours of taking any vitamin and mineral supplement, since the mucilage’s in the tea can interfere with the absorption of nutrients from the supplement.

Lady Abigail
Information via Witch of the Old World Book of Herbs by: Lady Abigail on CD
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