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Scientific name: Tilia
Other names: Lime tree, Lime bush, basswood
Part used: Wood, bark, flowers
Origins & Properties
Linden is native to the Northern Hemisphere, in Europe and eastern North America, but the greatest species diversity is found in Asia.
Reaching typically 20 to 40 m, they are among the most graceful of deciduous trees, with heart-shaped, coarsely toothed leaves; fragrant cream-colored flowers; and small globular fruit hanging from a narrow leafy bract.
Linden is recommended as an ornamental tree when a mass of foliage or a deep shade is desired. The tree produces fragrant and nectar-producing flowers and the medicinal herb lime blossom. The flowers are also used for herbal teas and tinctures.
- Sedative properties: Helps promote relaxation
- Digestion: Soothes the digestive tract
- Anti-inflammatory: Helps fight inflammation
- Reduces mild pain: Helps ease pain
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