Linden, oh linden, you flowering tree
You know how to soothe so much nervous in me
I pick your sweet flowers to make a nice tea
Then you help to soothe me and set my mind free
Tilia americana, my sweet smelling trees
Your lime blossom qualities really are the bees knees
All the stress I experience and trauma I see
Duan Hua is that reliable true friend to me
Tilia americana | Duan Hua
Linden: It's a Tree
They are easily identified by the unique leaves. Shown above is part of the flower on the tree. The leaf-looking parts are called bracts. A bract is a modified leaf with a flower or cluster of flowers in its axil, or space along the shoots. The bracts are light green and elongated, where the tree leaves are dark green on top and silvery on the underside, shaped like a heart.
- Linden trees can grow to a size ranging from 75 to 130 feet in height and three to four feet in diameter.
- Their root span is wide-reaching and can support a lifespan of 100 to 150 years.
- They are the national symbol of Slovenia with their mythology holding the tree sacred.
- The American Linden is native to North America.
According to @BlackForager on Instagram, the seeds taste like chocolate. Check out her fun videos here (both on Facebook):
From Tree To Cup
The Importance of Autonomy
If you are feeling that you’d like to reclaim a bit of control over your own life, starting with self care, there are simple things you can do to reclaim your autonomy (ownership and self-governance). Those in positions of authority don’t always have all the answers and egos can get in the way, so learn to listen again to your gut, your heart, and your sense of self. Sometimes it takes time to hear it, but its there.
Start simple. Take a walk. Listen to the sounds around you – laughing children, birds chirping, the wind blowing through the leaves. While you’re on that walk, take time to notice your “neighbors,” the plants all around you. I live in an urban area and have found SO many medicinal and nutrition-packed plants in my neighborhood. If you have a smartphone, I recommend downloading the app, “PictureThis.” You don’t have to buy anything (there’s a free version) to start recognizing your plant and tree neighbors. There’s a world of support out there willing and able to support you.
Herbal Actions & Medicinal Uses
Below is some basic herbal information based on Western Herbalism and Chinese Medicine (TCM). Linden is generally considered safe, but caution is advised if you are using heart medications.
With any herbs and supplements, always consult with a licensed health professional before use.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Leaf, Flowers
Flavors: Sweet, Astringent, Pungent
Primary Organs: Lung, Liver
- Clears Wind Heat
- Moves Qi,
- Relieves Stagnation
- Calms Shen
- Promotes Urination
- Softens Nodules
- Clears Liver Heat
Primary Organs: Lungs, Nerves, Skin
This is a sun/partial shade loving tree, needing a minimum of four hours of direct sunlight a day. Many municipalities planted them to line their streets – my neighborhood is a perfect example of this. They are medium-fast growers, growing at a rate of between 13″ and 24″ a year.
USDA Hardiness Zone(s): 3-7
According to the Arbor Day Foundation:
There is evidence of the littleleaf linden being planted and used for social purposes as early as 760 A.D. In the Germanic and Norse countries, the tree was known as a favorite of Freya (the goddess of love) and Frigga (the goddess of married love and the hearth). Maidens would “dance wildly” around the village linden, and women hoping for fertility would hug the tree or hang offerings in its branches. In Scandinavia, it was a good tree to avoid after dark because it was thought to be a favorite haunt of elves and fairies.