By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Tilia is a genus of about thirty species of trees, or bushes, native throughout most of the temperate Northern Hemisphere. In the British Isles they are commonly called lime trees, or lime bushes, although they are not closely related to the tree that produces the lime fruit. So, when you see the “Lime” tree listed in an ogham birth tree list it is referring to the Linden tree [Tilia europaca] in Britain but if you are in America [Tilia Americana], they refer to it as Basswood.
Now that you are adequately confused….
Be sure to use the botanical name when ordering seeds or trees. Common names vary by nation, culture, and region, and sometimes the same common name is applied to different plants.
The Linden/Lime tree flowers are a favourite of bees wherever you live so if you are ardent about helping to save the bee population, plant a lovely Linden/Basswood tree wherever you live. Honey from the flowers is considered the best flavoured in the world.
Linden became popular after the fourteenth century on the Continent and in England for carving and other work that did not require strength. Many of the carvings in St Paul’s Cathedral [London] and Windsor Castle are of Linden wood. The tree’s fibrous bark has been used for rope, mats, baskets, and clothing.
Linden flowers are often used in love spells/mixtures and protection spells and incenses. 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 tranquillity, and strengthening love.
Dreaming of a Linden tree means good news is coming. Dreaming of cutting down a Linden tree means your love life is in danger.
Linden is also used in longevity spell work and used in prophecy.
Linden tree’s flowers are a calming and soothing herbal tea not unlike Chamomile, but I think is more flavourful than Chamomile. The French call Linden flower tea, Tilleul. It’s good to have before bedtime for a good night’s sleep to not only relax your body but your mind, as well.
Historically, Linden has been used to soothe nerves and treat health problems associated with anxiety. Its calming nervine, antispasmodic, and helpful circulatory properties are used to help to ease spasms and cramps that contribute to headaches, tight muscles, and migraines as well as menstrual cramps.
I have read that whatever body part a fruit or leaf resembles is what that fruit or leaf is good for medically. The heart-shaped leaf of the Linden tree gives a good idea of what it is good for both medically and magickally. It can lift us up or “gladden the heart” emotionally and in love as well as benefitting the physical heart as well, which is evidenced in its long use for assisting with conditions such as atherosclerosis, angina, and heart palpitations especially when there is nervous tension or stress involved. Linden is exceptional at reducing fever and fighting infection. It even has a profound effect on loosening chest congestion and sinuses. With the colds and flu season quickly approaching it would do you well to stock up on Linden flower tea unless you’re fortunate enough to have a Linden tree growing in your garden!
There are no contraindications to using Linden flowers that I can find. Still, only use as needed.
Planetary: Jupiter, Sun
Zodiac: Gemini, Sagittarius
Rune Character: Asa/Letter A
Powers: Attracting Love, Balancing Energy, Neutralising Negativity, Heart Healing, Protection, Sleep, Stress Relief
Deity: Arianrhod, Aphrodite, Eostre, Freya, Frigg, Lada, Nehalennia, Philyra, Venus, Zemyna, Odin, Tyr
Other Names: Bee Tree, Lime Tree, Basswood, Lime Blossoms, Linden Flowers, Tilia
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Whispers from the Woods, by Sandra Kynes