Linden is a tree with a dense crown, which is widely cultivated in almost all cities and towns. In our country it grows everywhere. Usually Linden lives 300-400 years, but the instances, whose age is 1200 years. Flowers and bark are valuable medicinal raw materials
Lime is a genus of woody plants (trees or large shrubs) belonging to the family of Lime. Now botanists include the genus as a subfamily in the family of Malvaceae.
There are about 45 species and more than 100 hybrid varieties, most of which are excellent honey plants (fragrant lime honey is considered to be one of the most delicious and most healthy varieties).
The tree has a strong trunk with a diameter of 2-3 meters. The leaves are obliquely-oval or heart-shaped.
Pale yellow flowers of Linden are very fragrant. They are collected in inflorescence-semiumbels, which are attached to the special extrafloral with bract nectaries. Under natural conditions, flowering usually begins in the 20th year of life, and in artificial plantations after 30 years. The fruits are lime – orehovica.
Vegetable raw materials recognized in traditional pharmacology, and is widely used in folk medicine to prepare healing drugs.
For procurement of lime blossom can be used as cultivated and wild trees. The collection is carried out when part of the flowers still in the budding phase, and some blossomed. During this period, the concentration of biologically active substances in the inflorescence reaches its maximum. Cut lime color together with stipules (this uses regular garden shears).
Drying is carried out either in well-ventilated attics, or (to accelerate) in special kilns at a temperature not exceeding 40-45°C.
Important:when independent procurement need to take into account that from 1 kg of fresh color is the result of about 300 g dosage substrate. This is enough for an average family of about 1-1.5. For more than 3 years to store dry lime color is not recommended.
Active components contained in Lipa city
Tree bark contains a significant amount of oil (8%), and triterpene compound tilidin.
Lime color is rich in these bioactive compounds as vitamin C, carotene, bioflavonoids (kaempferol and quercetin), bitter, coumarins, glucose, saponins, Talyzin, as well as a number of micro – and macroelements.
The use of Lime in medicine
Aqueous infusions and decoctions of flowers of Linden have anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, choleretic and analgesic properties. Drugs have also a diaphoretic and mild diuretic effect, promoting the excretion of excess fluid, and stimulating the secretory activity of gastric glands. Lime blossom helps reduce overall body temperature and facilitate expectoration in diseases of the respiratory system.
Indications for use
Drugs Linden is recommended for the following diseases and pathological conditions:
- Sore throat;
- acute and chronic bronchitis;
- bacterial infection;
- pathology of the urinary system;
- neurological diseases;
- spasms of the intestines;
- ulcer of the stomach;
- dental disease (gingivitis, stomatitis);
- burns (for external use);
- some gynecological diseases;
- hemorrhoids (for poultices and sitz baths).
Please note:theLime color shown in the cold as antibacterial and antipyretic.
Recipe of infusion of Linden flowers for the reception inside with nervousness, intestinal cramps and other diseases
Take 2 tbsp. of dried Linden flowers and pour 200 ml of boiling water. To insist in a tightly sealed container 30-40 minutes, then cool and strain. Drink warm 2-3 cups a day to decrease symptoms.
Rheumatism water infusion can be used externally for poultices. Treatments are recommended 2-3 times a day.
Angina it is advisable to gargle with the infusion of lime flowers 4-5 times a day.
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In addition to the lime color is extremely useful coal powder from lime wood. It connects a huge number of toxins (90 times its own volume), so it is used as enterosorbent for food poisoning and diarrhea – inside: 1 tsp powder 3 times a day. Coal is useful in many diseases of the digestive tract and can be used in the complex therapy of pulmonary tuberculosis. Coal powder of Lime in folk medicine is also used for seeding fresh bleeding wounds for disinfection and haemostasis.
Coal Lime powder sometimes brewed. Drink advisable to drink for prostatitis. Men with inflammation of the prostate gland shows the treatment course; the course duration is 1 week.
Lime tar recommended in the treatment of eczema for lubrication of affected areas of the body.
The recipe is present in chronic bronchitis
Take 2 tbsp of the substrate and pour 0.5 liters of boiling water. Leave for 10 minutes, cool and strain. The volume is divided into several equal portions and drink in a few receptions.
The recipe decoction of the seeds of Lime for the treatment of oncological diseases of the digestive tract
Take 1 tablespoon of seeds pour 200 ml of boiling water. Put the dishes on a slow fire and boil for 10-15 minutes, then cool and strain. Pour boiling water to the original volume, divide into 3 portions and drink before meals.
Note:externally the infusion the seeds of the Lime it is advisable to use a cleanser for acne.
In the treatment of neurological diseases, it is recommended to take baths, adding a water infusion or decoction of lime color.
Fresh buds and leaves of the Linden help for burns and mastitis.
Decoctions and infusions of Linden is perfectly resistant to the vast majority of patients. In fact, the only contraindication is individual increased sensitivity (hypersensitivity).
Important:be aware that lime has diaphoretic properties, and therefore gives an increased load on the heart. Not recommended consume daily infusion of Linden tea instead.
Lip during pregnancy
Preparations of Linden flower is considered one of the safest and most remedies for treatment of colds and bronchitis during pregnancy. Before taking any herbal remedies it is recommended to consult an obstetrician-gynecologist for possible contraindications.
Contraindications for use in lactation no.
Lime for children
Kids can give infusion for colds literally from the first months of life. For children of younger age group Linden is recommended for sleep disorders (with the purpose of improving the activity of the nervous system). Children older drugs of this unique medicinal plants may be administered in the treatment of neurosis and epilepsy, and disease of the digestive tract as enveloping means.
Plisov Vladimir, phytotherapeutist