Lime Tree - Best Herb for Health

Lime tree

Tilia cordata, T. platyphyllos (and their hybrids) Tiliaceae Also called Linden tree

This tree) which grows as high as 20-40m) has grey bark that is smooth but cracks with age. Its leaves) whose size vary according to species, are an asymmetric heart-shape with serrated edges. The sweetly scented light yellow flowers grow in clusters and have long, greenish yellow bracts that are joined to the flower stalk.

Parts used

  • Flowers, bracts and sapwood
  • The flowers are collected from both wild and cultivated trees when two-thirds of the flowers have bloomed, and then dried in thin layers away from sunlight.
  • The sapwood (the inner layer of bark and the wood immediately under it) is collected from wild trees in sustainable environments and dried in large well-aired sheds.
  • The flowers are used for infusions and the sapwood for powders and extracts.


The flowers contain phenolic acids, proanthocyanadins, tannins, flavonoids, mucilages and a small quantity of essential oil that has a sedative effect. The sapwood also contains phenolic compounds and phloroglucinol.

Medicinal uses

Taken internally, the flowers areprescribed for minor sleep problems and nervous conditions. A hybrid of Tilia cordata and T. platyphyJ/os was shown by Portuguese scientists in 2001 to possess sedative effects.

In 1985 the antispasmodic effect of lime flowers was demonstrated, which has been attributed to the plant's phenolic compounds and phloroglucinol. The ability to relax smooth muscle is also attributed toáthe sapwood. Lime-tree flowers alsoápossess Diuretic qualities. Theyáhave been recommended for the treatment of hypertension, for fatty deposits in blood vessels (as they dilate the vessels), and to relieve migraines.

The sapwood is a purgative and also stimulates the secretion and elimination of bile. It is taken by mouth to treat gallstones, bloating and digestive problems.

Used externally, lime-tree flowers can soothe cracked and chapped skin, insect bites and skin irritations.


Plant in moist, well-drained soil in a sunny location. Trees can be grown from seed planted when ripe.


  • Do not exceed the stated dose as this may affect heart function.
  • Lime tree should not be taken by anyone with a heart disorder, except as directed by a medical herbalist.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take lime tree.


For internal use

TO TREAT minor sleeping problems
INFUSION Put 5g of dried flowers into 1 litre of boiling water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes, then strain. Drink 1 cup in the evening before bed.

TO TREAT digestive problems caused by the liver, gallstones, bloating
TINCTURE (1:5 in 25% alcohol) Take 5ml in water three times a day before meals.

For external use

TO TREAT cracked or chapped skin, insect bites
SOLUTION (with a base of lime flowers) Apply to the affected area several times a day.



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