Metaphysical Properties Of Linden Leaf & Flower
Official Name: Tilia europaea
Other Names: Lime, Lime Tree, Linnflowers
Deities: Venus, Lada
Metaphysical Powers: Protection, Immortality, Luck, Love, Sleep
Common Magickal Uses and Folklore Linden Leaf & Flower
Lithuanian women once made their sacrifices to linden trees as part of religious rites.
Linden is extensively used in Europe as a protective tree. The branches are hung over the door for this reason, or the tree itself is grown in the garden.
The bark of the Linden, when carried, prevents intoxication.
The leaves and flowers are used in love spells.
Since it is a tree of immortality, its leaves are used in spells of this nature.
Linden and Lavender equally mixed make excellent sleep pillows that hasten sleep in the insomniac.
Good luck charms are carved from the linden tree wood and carried.
Health Uses for Linden Leaf & Flower
Linden leaf and flower have long been used to induce sweating for feverish colds and infections, reduce nasal congestion, and relieve throat irritation and cough. It has sedative effects and is used to treat nervous palpitations and high blood pressure. It has been added as an ingredient in lotions to relieve itchy skin. Linden has been used to soothe nerves and treat health problems associated with anxiety. Linden leaves and flowers are calming nervine, antispasmodic, and is helpful in circulatory issues to help ease spasms and cramps that contribute to headaches, tight muscles, migraines, and menstrual cramps. Traditionally, the flowers have been used to treat flu, cough, migraine, nervous tension, indigestion, various spasms, liver and gall bladder disorders, diarrhea, and elevated arterial pressure associated with arteriosclerosis.
Infusions of the flowers make a pleasant-tasting tea. Linden flowers were once believed so effective in treating epilepsy that one could be cured simply by sitting beneath the tree. In Greek mythology, "Philyra," a nymph, was transformed into a linden tree after begging the gods not to leave her among mortals.
No more than 2 to 4 grams per day of Linden in teas or other preparations for internal use should be consumed. Linden flower is cardiotoxic; therefore, Linden should not be consumed by patients with a history of heart disease.
Linden flowers are often used in love spells/mixtures and protection spells and incense. Mix equal parts Linden flowers and Lavender flowers, then place in a sachet under your pillow to relieve insomnia. Keep Linden flowers on a table to release the energies needed to keep the spirit alive and healthy.
Lime Oil, as it is called, from the Linden tree, is used for purification and protection, promoting calmness and tranquility, and strengthening love.