Linden bracts are calming and sedative, improving sleep disorders and nervousness. They also relieve respiratory conditions, difficult digestion, headaches and skin irritations. Latin name: Tilia platyphyllos Scop. Plant part: bracts

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In case of Nervousness

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour 2 g of dry bracts, or about 10 bracts, per cup of hot water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes. Drink 2 to 3 cups per day.  

Plants often associated

In case of Sleep problems, Insomnia

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour 2 g of dry bracts, or about 10 bracts, per cup of hot water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes. Drink 2 to 3 cups per day.  

In an aromatic bath

Make an infusion with 80 g of dry flowers in 3 L of water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes then filter. Let cool if necessary. Add the preparation to the bath water.

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In case of Headache, Migraine

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour 2 g of dry bracts, or about 10 bracts, per cup of hot water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes. Drink 2 to 3 cups per day.  

Plants often associated

In case of Bronchitis, colds, sinusitis, fever, flu

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour 2 g of dry bracts, or about 10 bracts, per cup of hot water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes. Drink 2 to 3 cups per day.  

In case of Cough, Sore throat

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour 2 g of dry bracts, or about 10 bracts, per cup of hot water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes. Drink 2 to 3 cups per day.  

Gargling

Pour 2 g of dry bracts, or about 10 bracts per cup of hot water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes. Filter and let cool. Use the preparation as a gargle.

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In case of Dyspepsia, Difficult digestion, Digestive disorders, Digestive spasms

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour 2 g of dry bracts, or about 10 bracts, per cup of hot water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes. Drink 2 to 3 cups per day.  

In case of' Hypertension, Arteriosclerosis

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour 2 g of dry bracts, or about 10 bracts, per cup of hot water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes. Drink 2 to 3 cups per day.  

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Hibiscus, Blueberry, Hawthorn, Olivier, Sea buckthorn, Mistletoe, Periwinkle

In case of Irritated skin

Recommended modes of use

In compress

Pour 2 g of dry bracts, or about 10 bracts, per cup of hot water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes. Filter and let cool. Soak a compress or a clean cloth with the preparation, to apply to the areas to be relieved.

In lotion

Pour 2 g of dry bracts, or about 10 bracts, per cup of hot water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes. Filter and let cool. Apply directly to the skin.

Plants often associated

Yarrow, Matricaria Chamomile, Roman chamomile, Orange Blossom, Hibiscus, Pink, Cornflower

Properties and active components

Properties

  • sedative (farnesol, geraniol)
  • calming
  • hypnotic
  • emollient
  • antispasmodic (geraniol)
  • sudorific
  • diuretic
  • blood thinner
  • anti-oxidant

Active components

  • Flavonoids: kaempferol, quercetol
  • Mucilages
  • Tannins
  • Essential oils: farnesol, geraniol, linalool
  • Phloroglucinol
  • Phenol acids: caffeic acid
  • Coumarins

Precautions for use

  • Seek medical advice in case of treatment for hypertension.
  • Drink the infusions away from medicinal treatments because the mucilages can modify their absorption.

Botanical

The “large-leaved” Linden belongs to the family of Tiliaceae. It can measure up to 30 m high and live for several centuries. The crown of the tree is in the form of an ovoid crown, its branching branches spread out across the width. The trunk presents a smooth bark and grey, which takes on a cracked and gray-brown appearance for older trees. Young branches are shiny, often reddish. THE leaves, colored light green, constitute dense foliage. They are in heart shape à serrated edge et al'pointed end. They are simple, deciduous and alternate. They present a soft down characteristic in the axils of the veins and their underside is light.

THE flowers have 4 or 5 sepals and petals, secreting a sweet nectar. They are grouped by 2 to 7 biparous cymes. At the base of each of these inflorescences is a peduncle, united along its entire length, to a large and broad oblong bract from which it departs in the middle. There bract east translucent colored yellowish. The white to yellow flowers are both male and female and bloom from June to July. The fruits appear in the form of dry, globular capsules, persisting on the pedicel containing one or two seeds. The word "Tilia" means "wing" in Greek to designate the bract that accompanies the flower.

Originally from Europe, we find the Linden tree in the woods of the regions temperate on deep, fresh, rather calcareous and clayey soils. The main producers of Linden happen to be the China, there Poland and the France.

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