Lime Tree Herb (Tilia Europaea)
The linden or lime tree is often planted for shade in towns or grows along country roads. Towards the end of June the flowers of this tree fill the air with an amazing sweet scent. Lime trees are large, gentle and elegant deciduous trees with
heart-shaped leaves, leading to it being considered the tree of love. Legend has it that if you fall asleep under a flowering lime tree you might find yourselves whisked away to a fairyland.
It is the lime blossom which is used for medicinal purposes. It is beneficial to drink an infusion of lime blossom for a relaxing sleep. It is helpful for feverish colds and helps to prevent inner-ear infections. Catarrh and congestion in the respiratory tract are eased and cleared after drinking lime tree blossom.
It is an excellent preventative for many heart problems. Under stress, the tiny muscles around the coronary arteries tighten up. When stress becomes chronic, these tiny muscles become permanently contracted which reduces the lumen in the blood vessels and increases the blood pressure. Lime blossom has gentle, relaxing properties that help to relax and dilate the coronary blood vessels and thus help to reduce blood pressure.
To make Lime Blossom tea Put 1 teaspoon of lime blossom into a mug and fill it with boiling water. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes before drinking.
Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale)
The name in Old French means “tooth of a lion” (dent de lion). One contemporary French name is pissenlit (or piss-in-the-bed), because it acts as a natural diuretic, helping rid the kidneys of excess water and salt.
Dandelions have been gathered for food since prehistory, but the varieties cultivated for consumption are mainly native to Europe and Asia. Leaves are often blanched to remove bitterness. or sauteed in the same way as Spinach.
The flower petals are used to make Dandelion Wine. The ground, roasted roots can be used as a great substitute to coffee (Caffeine free and delicious).
Dandelions are rich in vitamins A, C, D and B complex, as well as iron, potassium and zinc.
Dandelion is used as a herbal remedy in Europe, North America, and China. It has been used in herbal medicine to treat infections, bile and liver problems – It affects the liver directly by causing an increase in bile production and flow to the gallbladder.
It is also used as a diuretic. Dandelion as a very mild diuretic can have benefits, especially for conditions such as pre-menstrual tension, liver problems and high blood pressure. Compared with other diuretics, this natural supplement is rich in potassium, so it helps make up for the potassium lost by frequent urination as the kidneys strive to get rid of salt and water.
My constructive afternoon at work…foraging with the lovely Bee and Butterfly pollinators 🙂
This is…Milk Thistle (Silybum! Marianum) It has been used in medicine for thousands of years as a tonic for the liver and gallbladder and also to assist in aiding digestion. The liver is generally very good at its job but with the increased amount of chemical additives being consumed in today’s modern world it can become a little bit sluggish at performing its missions! Milk Thistle contains antioxidants called silymarin flavanoids which protect liver cells from damage caused by potential toxins such as pollution, alcohol and drugs.
Beautiful Bee Pollinator 🙂
Cabbage White butterfly
The shoots and leaves of Milk Thistle can be consumed in salads- they can be steamed and eaten like spinach. However, it is the seeds crushed up into teas and tinctures that provides the utmost medicinal benefits.
The seeds can be harvested once the seed heads turn brown by cutting off the flower heads along with part of the stem. The stems can then be tied together and hung upside down inside a brown paper bag to dry out for a few days before shaking the bag to reveal the seeds.
To make a milk thistle tea, grind up 2 teaspoons of seed with a pestle and mortar then pour a cup of boiling water over the seeds and allow to sit for 30 minutes before drinking.