The Enchanted Leaf

The World of Herbs: Medicinal, Magickal, Meliorative


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Linden

There is no better herbal tea to relax and calm you!  Yes, there are the two common go-to herbs, St. John’s Wort and Valerian.  I do not want to detract from these two wonderful herbal remedies at all. However, at the end of a long, stress filled day, my number one choice to relax and help me let go of the yuck is Linden.  I have some tea bags already prepared so it is just a matter of heating the water and I am on my way to a beautiful night’s sleep.

Linden is a tree herb. It is made from the dried leaves and flowers.  It is also called Lime tree, which has nothing to do with the lime fruit.  Mainly, they are found in the British Isles and Asia.  However, they do grow in North America and are commonly referred to as basswood.

This beautiful tea tastes very much like jasmine tea.  It is a mild, sweet flavor.  There are many benefits to enjoying a cup of linden tea at the end of the day.  I stress end of the day because linden has such a relaxing effect on me, that I normally go right to sleep a half hour after drinking a cup.  So, the appropriate disclaimer here would be ‘do not drive or operate heavy machinery after drinking linden tea.’

Originally, I began using linden tea because it eased my nighttime leg cramps and restless legs.  Other benefits and uses for linden tea are:

  • calms anxiety
  • lowers blood pressure
  • helps break fever
  • relieves respiratory ailments
  • reduces the pain of tension headaches.

 

 


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Calendula (Marigolds)

I love marigolds!  Everyone appreciates these sunny summertime annuals that repel garden pests.  Who knew they had so much of Mother Nature’s healing powers, also?  Well, probably ancient sages and hedge witches and herbalists down through the ages!

Marigolds, known as calendula to herbalists, can be used to make an excellent skin healing cream.  Calendula infused oil is a main ingredient in my skin healing salve. This is my ‘go to’ for insect bites, stings, rashes, and burns.  Not only does calendula heal, it relieves pain and reduces the risk of scarring.

When using the herb itself, an infusion or tea can be used to heal painful gums, mouth sores and ulcers.  This same infusion can be used as a facial rinse for those with acne.  Again, it reduces scarring…this is good news for teens looking for a less chemically induced healing of acne.

Drink calendula tea for breaking up mucus in upper respiratory infections.

Use calendula tincture, made with alcohol, not glycerin, as ear drops for ear infection.  It will help relieve pain and heal the infection.

This lovely summer flower makes a great addition to any herbal medicine chest!

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