One More Reason to Enjoy the Pembroke Waterfront
Linden Trees, or Tillia spp. sometimes called Lime Blossom trees, grow in Europe, Japan, and North America. Lucky for us, Tillia americana or American Linden – also known as Basswood trees grow right here in the Valley along the Pembroke Waterfront.
They are elegant trees with heart shaped leaves and white flowers with bright greenish-yellow appendages (see above). The gentle, calming scent of Lime blossoms fills the air when they bloom each summer in early to mid-July. There are a fair number of them near the Pembroke Marina, and along the Pembroke waterfront path until you reach the Algonquin College Waterfront Campus.
A Versatile Herbal Remedy
Like most medicinal plants, Linden trees have a variety of medicinal actions, and different parts of the plant can be used for different purposes.
Linden sapwood, just below the bark, has been used in liver and gallbladder conditions, as well as skin infections when used externally.
Linden blossoms are a very gentle and largely non-toxic herbal remedy.
Symptoms of toxicity are rare but can include hives, in which case the herb is discontinued.
Honey from bees fed on Linden flowers is said to be calming and has been used to help fight infections like colds and flu.
Linden tea, made from the blossoms, is consumed daily hot or cold in various European countries throughout the growing season. Because of its pleasant, honey-like taste and largely non-toxic nature, remedies made from Linden blossoms are popular with children and adults alike. Linden blossoms can be used as a tea, honey, syrup, liquid extract, or even in a bath or footbath.
Tea made from Linden blossoms has been used to help soothe nervousness or irritability, soothe coughs, boost the immune system, and to help clear the common cold. It has also been used to aid sleep as it can be mildly sedating.
In those of us who are stressed, tense, or overworked, Linden tea can promote relaxation. It can also be used to protect the body from the effects of stress by supporting the nervous system, the digestive system, and the heart and blood vessels. Remedies made from Linden blossoms can lower blood pressure by allowing the arteries to relax and widen, and it can also reduce cholesterol.
Linden blossoms are warming and relaxing to the digestive system. Taking the time to relax before and during a meal allows our nervous system to switch into rest and digest mode so that our digestive system can function properly. Linden tea can be helpful to those of us who are always on the go and have a tendency to rush while we are eating; helping us to get into a pattern where we relax before and during mealtimes.
In Summay, Linden blossoms have traditionally been used in anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, irritability, colds, coughs, nasal mucous, fevers, headaches, migraines, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hyperactivity in children, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, and urinary infections. They have also been used externally in rheumatism and eczema. Linden blossoms may also help to relieve muscle spasms, soothe and promote healing of the digestive system, and help to promote sweating during a fever.
Want to learn more about local herbs?
Register for the 4th annual Pembroke Herb Walk. It’s a great opportunity to spend some time outside learning about local herbs along the Pembroke Waterfront.
We’ll cover a short distance along the paved path. We’ll start near the Pointer boat memorial, where the boardwalk ends and the paved path begins. We’ll walk past Algonquin College, to the bridge nearby – about a kilometer in total.
Join me Monday, July 10th 2017 at 9:00 am or 5:00 pm. There’s a suggested donation $10. Income tax receipts are available. All proceeds go to the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County.