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Pagès often uses Linden in its herbal infusions. Its almost legendary calming and soothing properties fully justify its use in herbal teas.

Linden, a tree known to all for its multiple virtues and its very pleasant and sweetly honeyed notes.

ORIGINS OF LIME BLOSSOM

It is known that during the Neolithic period, linden wood was used to make weapons. It is also known that the sarcophagus masks of Egyptian kings were created with linden wood.

According to history, the Linden is the sacred tree of ancient Slavic and Germanic populations. It is said that the German name of the Linden tree, "linde", is at the origin of the name of the Swedish botanist Linné. Since the Middle Ages, the Linden tree has been planted as a sign of hope in many civilizations. Many Linden trees were thus planted a few years after the French Revolution.

Like many other trees and plants, Linden is one of the most popular plants for royalty. It is said that Henry IV made the Linden tree a symbol of his royal will to reforest France with beauty. Thus the famous " Sully's Lindens " appeared in France, Sully being the king's personal adviser, in public squares, near churches and in villages. In many villages, the Linden was the tree under which people gathered, hosted public events and festivals. The Linden is a plant with very beautiful values, and has been for a very long time. It was in Germany that this symbol was strongest. Indeed, it was below a Linden tree that the Germanic people gathered to do justice.

The Linden tree is undeniably linked to history. It was chosen by the naturalist Thouin, with Oak and Elm, to represent freedom.

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE LINDEN

Name: Tilia cordata
Family: Tiliaceae
Species: hardy tree or shrub

The Linden is a common hardy tree or shrub in the woods of most of our regions. It is found in Europe and North Asia. It is sometimes grown to decorate parks and gardens, but its hybrid the Large-leaved Linden is usually preferred. Lime blossom is easily recognized by its large leaves, sharp at the top and heart shaped at the base, as well as by its greenish yellow flowers, grouped under a long membranous bract, which give off, at the beginning of summer, a sweet smell of honey. The fruit of the Linden tree is in the form of a sphere. Quite fluffy, this one contains a unique seed.

Linden flowers contain mucilage, tannins, phenol acids and an aromatic essence. Sapwood, the inner part of the bark, also contains phenol acids, tannins and amino acids.

Did you know that the "capital of the Linden " is located in Buis-les-Baronnies? It is in this city, in the Drôme French department, that 95% of the French production of Tilleul is located. The largest annual market takes place on the first Wednesday of July and is the largest in Europe.

 

USES OF LINDEN

Linden is generally used as an infusion. Its soothing properties that favour sleep are almost legendary and totally justify its use as an herbal tea.

The Linden also finds its place in the kitchen. The leaves of the plant can be used to make excellent salads. However, they must be young and translucent to remain tender, soft and edible in salads. The scent of Linden flowers makes it possible to flavour fruit salads. The subtly honeyed flavours of Linden are perfectly combined with the sweet, sour or bitter taste of some fruits. The seed of the fruits of Linden is also edible. Oilseed, it is said to have been used extensively in the 18th century to prepare strange chocolate substitutes.

Linden can be used in the field of cosmetics. Indeed, its active ingredients are known to relax the skin, reduce wrinkles or limit the appearance of imperfections and pimples. Applying a linden decoction with a soft cloth to your skin would allow you to naturally care for it and purify it serenely.

Linden can also be used in the bath. It is said that taking a bath with Linden leaves, or adding a decoction of the plant in the bathtub, would allow you to reveal its pleasant honeyed notes more but also to benefit from its calming and soothing virtues.

 

BENEFITS OF LINDEN

Linden is known and appreciated for its calming and antispasmodic properties. Slightly hypnotic, it is said to have a remarkable sedative action on the nervous system, which it gradually soothes. For this reason, it is recommended for people who have difficulty sleeping or who suffer from light sleep. The Linden is known for its ability to remedy the agitation often caused by intellectual overwork, without causing reflex depression. However, care must be taken not to ingest too much linden. It is said that consuming too many herbal infusions of Linden, for example, would make the herbal tea exciting and could, contrary to all the soothing properties that are attributed to Linden, cause insomnia.

Linden also has an antispasmodic action. It is known to help difficult digestion, especially those caused by excessive nervousness. It is also recognized that Linden has a beneficial effect on people with cholesterol, diabetes, obesity or hypertension. It is also recommended in arteriosclerosis to thin the blood.

Linden is also known for its capacity to make people sweat. It is therefore often recommended as a remedy against influenza and colds. It is said to even relieve kidney pain, aches and headaches that accompany the flu!

The sweet liquid, called "honeydew", exuded by the Linden flowers at the time of great heat is a soothing agent recommended against burns. Cazin, a 19th century doctor, used it successfully against diarrhea and chronic gastroenteritis. Honeydew also has depurative properties.

Linden can also be used externally, in baths or as a decoction. It is said that a Linden bath is able to calm agitated children and that Linden decoction can help relieve pain due to a fall or a blow. Still in external use, Linden can help to relax the skin, get rid of impurities and pimples but also reduce wrinkles.

Finally, it is said that the infusion of wild Linden sapwood is a powerful natural body cleanser. It would allow the body to drain deeply by filtering the waste it ingests and the toxins present in the blood.

You will find our products with Linden in many of our creations. Pagès' organic "Night" herbal infusion in bulk format is composed of Verbena, Linden, Raspberry and Blackberry. The blend of leaves from both plants produces a relaxing herbal tea, ideal for preparing for a good night's sleep. Pagès' " 5 Plants Special " organic herbal infusion is a wellness cocktail that combines Verbena, Silver Linden, Spearmint, Flower Chamomile and Orange tree. This delicate drink can be drunk at any time of the day. The "Night" organic herbal infusion in tea bag or capsule format associates Verbena, Linden, Pear, Blueberry for a beneficial herbal tea, to be drunk ideally before bedtime.