I have the most comforting memories as a child of my grandmother picking and drying linden blossom. I would often accompany her as she walked through the nearby park and streets and pick out the linden flowers. It is one of my favourite smells, and I recall getting home after school and entering the living room of my grandparents’ apartment to be greeted by a sweet aroma of aromatic flowers, neatly laid out on newspapers. What delight it was to discover a couple of streets in my neighbourhood planted with linden trees. Also known as lime trees, they make great street and park trees, and once in flower are a magnet for bees. I am careful not to pick from streets that are prone to heavy traffic, and luckily the neighbourhood I found these trees in is rather quiet and quaint.
Once again, I got out my Haindl deck during the recent full moon, and asked for a major that relates to linden blossom.
Unfortunately, I have packed away all my herb books!! So I am left wondering of the relationship between the Hierophant and linden blossom. In fact I wonder if this is a personal one for me, since I associate these flowers, and the tea made out of them, with my grandmother – teaching and tradition come to mind here. I know that one of the uses of linden tea is to calm a nervous person, to aid with sleep and anxiety, but not much else beyond this.
To be honest, I often drink herbal teas just for the pleasure of it, rather than as a medical aid – although long-term, a little bit every day is sure to be the best medicine. I save the dried linden blossom for special nights in winter when it’s cold and miserable and all I want to do is curl up with the cat, or when I feel I have a cold coming on.
Given that autumn has truly arrived in New Zealand, I’m getting out my last jar of this lovely flower and carefully rationing it 🙂