Tree of considerable height which presents a great amount of leaves that are more numerous in the cup, making it very broad. For that reason shade is very popular because it adds to the pleasant characteristic odor that permeates the surrounding areas to reach the flowering season.
It grows naturally in the northern part of the peninsula, being more frequent as we approach the Pyrenees, you may also find it in some mountainous regions of the center.
The leaves are toothed, irregular perimeter and tapered. They arise alternately.
The flowers are yellowish or whitish in color and are grouped in inflorescences on a membranous bract. Give off a subtle aroma that is very appreciated.
The resulting fruit is a rounded cap.
To proceed to the collection must be chosen very sunny and dry, when the inflorescences are open. To do so good we ascend the tree helped by its strong branches, proceeding to collect the inflorescence in full maturity. Removed to dry membranous bract, which lacks properties-that if he ever appears is to easily identify the sample. Drying is done as quickly as possible.
You can also collect the bark: for it to proceed in the months of April and May.
The heads of lime contain mucilage, which acts as an emollient. It also has an essential oil with parnesol, which is a good sedative and spasmolytic, and is therefore very suitable in situations of nervousness, anxiety and insomnia. Also presented as Tilar flavonoids, which give diuretic properties.
A linden-bark without the suber-is known by the name of sapwood, it contains considerable amounts of tannins that give it astringent properties and also florglucinol and flavonoids, which by their effect eupeptic, choleretic, spasmolytic and antimigraine is used in cases of indigestion, which may cause hypotension.
Infusion. Three grams of inflorescences are added to 250 milliliters of boiling water, leaving it in contact for ten minutes can take up to four cups a day, after meals, thereby improve digestion, and before bedtime to prevent situations nervousness and insomnia.
Decoction. Thirty grams in one liter of water, let boil for fifteen minutes and is taken before meals. It is a good remedy for migraines and biliary dyskinesias.
Infusion external use. One hundred grams of the inflorescences are added to a liter of water, letting it boil for thirty minutes. This fluid serves to prepare baths, leveraging its emollient properties.
HABITAT: Forests, mountains
FLOWERING: June and July
PART USED: Flowers and bark without suber
CATALAN: Tell de fulla gran
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