Tuesday, October 27, 2009

fairies and linden

Good morning my 4 followers. I was just thinking about fall and thought I might mention linden blossom as a delightful infusion this time of year. An infusion is made like a tea, only steeped longer and with more plant material. Ideally, I recommend an ounce of dried plant to a quart of water. One of the tastiest and most enjoyable infusions, the flowers of the linden tree can be enjoyed warm with a touch of honey during cold season, but is also very refreshing on ice in the summer months. It is most commonly used to soothe cough and cold symptoms and related ailments. Consuming linden flowers as a tea acts as a diaphoretic, which helps to boost the body's immune system for a while, making it more effective at fighting colds. Because linden is slightly mucilaginous, it soothes the throat and helps to break up phlegm and clear nasal and throat passages. It is anti-inflammatory and great for the heart and other cardio-vascular support. It is also a superb infusion to relax with, as it does have anxiety and stress reducing calming effects. Various studies have also shown the linden flower to be successful at treating stomach pains and relieving gas pressure as well. And by the way, fairies like linden trees!


No comments:

Post a Comment