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Plants in the Wheel of the Year – October
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Tags: Herbs Plants October Spruce Dog Rose Rosa Canina Rose Rosemary Parsifal Smudging Wheel of the Year Tree Forest Medidation

Plants in the Wheel of the Year – October

All things in our Tradition are based on our Wheel of the Year.
It is both microcosm and macrocosm.
This
one displays the Cycle of the Year, the way the compass is laid, the Gods, the Totems, the Gates, the Airts (directions), the Castles, and the Moons.

The Four Seasons, known as Solar Festivals mark a seasonal change caused by the Sun.
The cross quarter Days are marked by Fire Festivals and are usually celebrated as significant agricultural Festivals.
The Festivals of the Wheel of the Year also represent the active and dormant states of Nature, Man and Agriculture.
Each of the Festival Days was ruled by a Deity, whether God or Goddess, with each region necessarily having its own Deity, especially for Cultural reasons.
From planting to reaping to Winter to Summer... the Seasons were of great importance to our Ancestors, for their very existence depended upon good Harvests, mild Winters, sufficient Rainfall.

Herbs and medicinal Plants in October are
Spruce, Dog Rose, Rosemary

In this Moon I also will take you along to a nice Nature Meditation.

parsifalrain, October 1

please note:
Always consult a doctor before using healing remedies and read disclaimer at the end of my abstract.

Spruce - Picea Alba Pine family, Pinaceae [genus Picea], Fichte
Like hardly any other Tree, Spruce belongs to the everyday landscape in Austria.
Spruce is hardly considered to be of special importance.

*) Frequently, Spruce is the first Tree that tells us what ecology means.
We 'see' the dying of the Forest directly in front of our eyes.
How negative a mono culture can be, we often only notice when whole Spruce Forest areas are destroyed only by a storm.

In the middle of the Forest, Spruces seem rather inconspicuous and unattractive to us.
We only become aware of all their beauty and Tree personality when we encounter a large, free-standing Spruce.
Then we can see what a special Tree the Spruce actually is and perhaps we can even guess why our Ancestors worshiped the Spruce as a very special protective Tree.

Stories and Myths
The Spruce was thought to be inhabited by a female, very maternal and protective Tree Spirit.
She was therefore regarded as a Mother and Tree of Life and also as a symbol of the female power.
Moreover, according to the belief of our Ancestors, the Spruce was able to relieve man of his illness.
These were the instructions for people suffering from gout:
The sick person should arrive in the Forest before dawn and sink three drops of his blood into the fissure of a young Spruce.
After he has closed the opening with wax and honey, he shall cry out:

'Good morning Mrs. Fichte, I'll bring you the gout'.

properties and mode of action
Needles
(especially essential oil)
expectorant
antitussive
circulatory
antibacterial
Resin
wound-healing
disinfecting


healing purposes
Needles
rheumatism, gout
sore muscles
backaches
fatigue
cough, flu, cold
Resin
wounds
blistering ointment

collective tips
The Needles and Shoot tips used to make cough Syrup or Tea are best collected in the Spring.
If necessary, Needles can also be collected later in the Year.
Spruce resin can be found all Year round.
In any case you should take care when collecting Spruce Resin that you only take so much resin that the Tree is not additionally injured - please always ask the Tree if she agrees.

ingredients
essential oil
turpentine oil
Resin
glycoside picein
tanning agent
Vitamin C

the Spruce as a Fumigant
For a Spruce incense are used both: the Needles and the Resin.
Long before the noble resins came to Europe, the Spruce resin was one of the preferred smudging resins.
I think that collecting and smudging Spruce resin gives us a completely different relationship to smudging.
A walk through the Forest with the aim of collecting Spruce resin can become a very special experience.
I love these collecting hikes and I love the power that comes from the maternal Spruce.
It really connects with the feminine and gives us in its most personal way all kinds of Love.
There are two types of Spruce resin - the small resin drops that are sweated out of the Tree and the resin that closes Tree-wounds.
This is also where the theory of sigNatures becomes active again.
A substance that can heal wounds of a Tree can, of course, also heal physical AND mental wounds of us humans.
And so it is also the case that the fumigating of Spruce, old (mental) wounds can break open and heal.

Spruce needles sit on small woody stems


Fir needles sit directly on the branch

effect of Smudging
brings old wounds to light for healing
clears the mind
cleans and protects
expands the chest area
opens your Heart
strengthens all that is feminine

recipes for healing application
Spruce Needle Tea

From the young Spruce shoot tips, or also from the older Needles, one can cook a Tea, which helps particularly well with disease of the respiratory tract.
Simply add 1 teaspoon of Spruce Needles to 250 ml of Water and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Sweeten the Tea with genuine Bee honey and it will be particularly effective.
Due to its high Vitamin C content, Spruce Needle Tea also helps against Spring tiredness and other Vitamin C deficiency symptoms.

Spruce Cone


Spruce Top Syrup
Bring 5 handfuls of fresh Spruce Wipers (collected in Spring) to the boil with 1 litre of  Water and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Then drain the Wipers, add 1 kilo unrefined sugar and reduce to syrup density.

Spruce Needle steam Bath
A steam bath of Spruce needle infusion is a wonderful remedy for frontal and sinusitis.
Fresh Spruce needles can be poured with boiling Water and then added to the bath Water.

Spruce Needles Body Oil
Pour fresh, young Spruce needles into a glass and cover with almond oil so that all parts of the Plant are covered.
Leave this jar closed for about three weeks.
Then drain and add 10-20 drops of ethereal Spruce as you wish.

Spruce Needle cooling Bath
If you mix 3 tablespoons of this oil with a quarter litre of whipped cream, you get a wonderful cold cream Bath.

(* Forests with Spruces attract pests
The fact that Spruce has increased in the Forests is due to the fact that she is considered a bread Tree in forestry.
Spruce Forest - monocultures are easy to cultivate and achieve high yields.
It is the goal of the Austrian Federal Forests to convert Spruce-rich Forests into mixed and deciduous Forests with higher Spruce stands than before.
The Spruce in particular attracts bark beetles: The Spruce is a shallow root Tree, at higher temperatures she has problems with the water supply.
She gets so-called dry stress and is susceptible to pests and bark beetles.
From an altitude of 800 metres above sea level, the Spruce feels most at home, due to the yield she's very often found in very low areas.

 

Dog Rose - Rosa Canina, Family of Roses, Rosaceae; Heckenrose/Hundsrose
The dainty, small, sometimes almost inconspicuous Hedge Rose is a wonderful Plant and delights not only our eyes and nose, but also our Health and beauty.
She is the symbol of Venus and is enchantingly connected with everything feminine.

Her smell bewitches us, her color is so soft and wonderful, her outer form is perfect - the Rose is a miracle of Nature.
It makes every woman a queen !

In former Times the Rose was also called Apothecaries Rose - a clear indication of the healing effect of this Plant.
The Rose Hips containing Vitamin C, which we can use in Autumn after the first frost, are particularly healing.
Of course, this Rose is also an important ingredient for all Love spells and Love incenses.
Meanwhile there are innumerable beautiful noble Roses, but nevertheless I would like to give my attention to the simple, genuinely Dog Rose.

History and Myths
The Rose is also called the 'Queen of Flowers'.
It is said to have received her name from the Greek poetess Sappho as early as 600 BC.
The oldest known description of the Rose came at about the same time from the poet Anakreon.
He said that at the same time as the sea gave birth to Venus, the Earth also created its sweetest Flower, the Rose.
Over the Centuries, many painters have repeatedly chosen the Rose as a motif for their works of art.
The Hedge Rose was also called Hag Rose or Hawthorn.
Due to her thorns, this Plant was particularly well suited as a hedge Plant, because a thorny Hedge is hardly permeable.
The spines of the Rose also gave her the reputation of being able to help against 'witchcraft'.
Nevertheless, the Rose was also an important Witch Plant - she was used for milk and butter magic as well as for magic against lightning and thunderstorms.
The Rose hips could even be used to protect against the threat of disease.
One had to eat only on Christmas or New Year's Eve 3 Rose Hips on raw stomach, already one was protected from all misfortune.
There was also the custom of passing three Rose hips through the window on New Year's Day to friends or relatives (without talking) so that they would be protected against disease and disaster in the coming Year.
The Rose was also an important Oracle Plant, closely related to death.
When sick people dreamed of Roses, they had to reckon with their imminent end.
The dream of red Roses means blood and misfortune.
No wonder that red Roses were never brought to the bedside of sick people.

properties and mode of action
Blossoms

invigorating
chilling
laxative
relaxing
haemostatic
astringent
anti-inflammatory
Rose Hips
preventive against colds and flu

healing purposes
Blossoms

menstrual cycle disorders
postpartum depression
menopausal symptoms
Heart and liver disease
skin problems
baby care
Rose Hips
forms of kidney disease
rheumatism
gout
flu
cold


occurrence
Dog Rose likes to grow in sunny locations, also on the edges of Forests and paths.
She is used as fencing for houses and gardens and does not place any special demands on the soil.

collecting tips
The Buds are collected in June, the Flowers in Summer and the Rose Hips in Autumn.
Rosehips only get their full healing effect when they have survived the first frost.

ingredients - Rose Hips
Vitamin C
pectin
tannins
citric and malic acid
carotenoids

the Rose as Incense
The Petals of the Rose are a wonderful ingredient for Incense blend.
They are preferably mixed in Love Incenses, since they symbolize Venus and all the female powers associated with it.
But Rose Petals are also given in blessing mixtures, because they bless Life in all its facets.
In many Cultures the Rose stands for heartfelt Love, opening of the Heart and loving affection.
She lets us find inner Peace and supports us in Smudging Incense so that we learn to accept ourselves.
Among other things, she also promotes self-love.
When smudging, the Rose Petals very quickly lose their wonderful scent - you can intensify the smudging process by adding real Rose frankincense or dripping some essential Rose Oil onto the Flowers.

effect
Heart opening
Promotes self-love and self-acceptance
concatenating
reconciling
soothing
harmonizing
consecrate and bless

recipes for Healing application
Rose Liqueur for broken Hearts (according Miriam Wiegele)
Add Rose Petals with brandy and filter off after 2-3 Weeks.
Add organic raw cane sugar or real Bee Honey and a little Cinnamon [Cinnamomum zeylanicum] from Ceylon and a few Coriander [Coriandrum sativum] Seeds.
Then let it steep for another 2 Weeks.
Filter and drain and enjoy.

Rose Vinegar
Fill a jar halfway with Petals of fragrant red Roses.
Fill the jar with good wine vinegar and then close it for two to three Weeks on a sunny surface.
Filter and bottle - this vinegar has a long shelf life.
In the past, Rose vinegar was added to the washing water to give the laundry a pleasant scent.
Dabbed on the forehead, it is good for headaches.
You can also put the vinegar on a cloth and refresh your body with it.

recipes for the kitchen
Rosehip Liqueur
(smack !)
500g Rose Hips
150 grams organic raw cane sugar
1 bottle of good grain
Clean and wash the Rose Hips.
Remove the Seeds and rinse the Rose Hips well with Water.
Drain the Fruit halves and pour into a sealable jar.
Add the sugar and the grain and leave the container in a cool place for 2 Months.
Filter off and enjoy

Rose Jam
200g Petals
1 kg organic raw cane sugar
1 tsp citric acid
2 cups of Water
Boil the Water and sugar to a syrup, sprinkle in the Rose Petals and continue cooking until a drop does not melt during the gelling test.
Add citric acid - it works like a spell, the previously violet, greenish jam becomes ruby red in one fell swoop.
Fill into small jars and seal.

 


Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis, Family of the labiates, Rosmarin
The smell of Rosemary is well known to most people.
After all, she is one of the most widely used Mediterranean kitchen Herbs and we immediately think of Italian cuisine when we smell or taste Rosemary.
Rosemary is a true all-rounder among Herbs.

She is not only an excellent aromatic Herb, but also a recognized and effective medicinal Herb at the same time.
Rosemary is not a Native Plant.
She is very sensitive to frost.
If we plant her, it is definitely advisable to protect her over the Winter, or rather to bring it all the way inside the house.
However, my own Rosemary shrubs grow so well protected that they have survived the past (particularly cold) Winters despite lack of care.
Rosemary has a fiery warming effect.
Her essence ignites the spirit and fires the body.

Rosemary Blossoms can be white to blue in color

History and Myths
The name Rosemary is Latin and means 'dew of the sea'.
Already in Ancient Times, Rosemary was highly appreciated in the Mediterranean region.
It has been used as a spice and medicine for more than 3.000 Years.
Rosemary Oil - dissolved in ethyl alcohol - was one of the first perfumes and became famous as the 'Hungarian Queen's Spirit'.
Rosemary was an evergreen, strongly scented Plant dedicated to the Mystery of Life and death.
She was regarded as a sign of the return of the past and stood for everlasting loyalty, faithfulness.
Already in ancient Times she was consecrated to the Greek Goddess Aphrodite.
As we know, she was the Goddess of beauty and Love.
Rosemary belongs also to the aphrodisiac Plants, because she brings the blood into the abdomen and also stimulates the Heart activity.
Rosemary has many other stimulating and exciting properties and was therefore used in many Love recipes and Smudgings.
Rosemary was also an important Plant for weddings.
It was used in many different ways for wedding ceremonies.
For example, it was affixed by guests, or the bridegroom had a small Rosemary wreath in his hands.
Today, Rosemary is again increasingly bound in bridal bouquets - old customs seem to be rediscovered - is this not beautiful !
But Rosemary was not only connected with Love.
She was also closely related to death.
Rosemary helps us to say goodbye to a loved one.
She helps with mourning and letting go.
She knows about dying processes and knows death and the Underworld very well.
In former Times she was used therefore also with transition rites (across the valley) of all kinds.
In Croatia and Italy, Rosemary is also used at funerals, where the dead person is sprinkled with a Rosemary branch dipped in blest Water.
Also the guests of the funeral carry an affixed Rosemary branch.


Health
Rosemary is a very stimulating and invigorating Plant.
She stimulates the nervous system.
Since she belongs to the dry and warm Plants, she helps as such whenever the body is cold and sluggish and therefore needs an encouragement.
She is used for exhaustion, depression, sluggishness and memory problems.
She promotes the blood circulation of the brain and is a real alternative as a stimulant beyond caffeine.
She is generally used in geriatrics.

Rosemary strengthens the Heart and makes it beat easier and faster
Thus it has a positive effect on the entire circulation.
She is particularly recommended for people who constantly have cold feet, suffer from circulatory disorders or low blood pressure.
She also promotes digestion and makes heavy roasts easier to digest.
She also helps with colic and bloating.

properties and mode of action
analgesic
vitalizing
stimulant
muscle stimulating (not suitable for pregnant women)
circulatory
strengthening the Heart muscle
antispasmodic
antiseptic (slow healing wounds)
fungicidally
exhilarating

Healing purposes
states of exhaustion
circulatory disorders
blood flow problems
low blood pressure
senile Heart
nervous Heart trouble
nervous circulatory problems
scar pains
neuralgia
common cold
wounds and injuries (physical and mental)

 

occurrence
Rosemary is a Mediterranean Plant and therefore occurs naturally in the Mediterranean region.
If she is planted in Central Europe or the Alpine regions, it is recommended to spend the Winter indoors or to protect her carefully from frost in the garden.

collecting tips
The Leaves can be collected fresh all Year round.
If you want to dry Rosemary, I would recommend cutting and drying very young Shoots in Midsummer.

ingredients
essential oil
cineol
borneol
camphor
bitter substances
tanning agents (rosemary acid)
flavonoids
carnolic acid (bitter)

Rosemary as a Smudging agent
When Rosemary is fumigated, it chases away heavy thoughts and jealousy (burden of possessiveness).
She opens the Heart and increases our willingness to let go.
It is therefore especially recommended for people who find it difficult to forgive, either because they have been harmed or because they themselves cannot let go of their suffering because they still need it for something.
In this respect it helps with disappointed or deceived Love.

Rosemary can also help people who have particularly high ideals or have very high expectations of themselves and who fail time and again because of their own expectations.
The protective wall that they have built around their Hearts for this reason can become more permeable through fumigating Rosemary.
Rosemary also strengthens the awareness of one's own value.

further effects
Heart opening
strengthens the Heart chakra
aphrodisiac
stimulant
cleaning
protective
centering
very well suitable for love smokings
helps with mourning
helps to let go
leads deceased souls to the right places
leads us well through depressions
is fumigated for transition rites

recipes for Healing application
Rosemary Wine

1 handful Rosemary
1 litre good white wine
Let the Rosemary steep in the wine for one Day.
Drain and drink 1 shooter daily.

Rosemary Tincture
1 handful Rosemary
½ Litres of high-proof alcohol
Place the Rosemary in a closable container and pour alcohol over it so that all parts of the Plant are in the alcohol.
Leave to stand for 2 Weeks and then filter off.
Keep in small bottles.
It is good as a warming, blood circulation stimulating rub.

Aphrodisiac bath additive
1 handful Rosemary
1 handful Melissa [Melissa officinalis] Leaves
½ Handful of Rose [Rosa Canina] Petals
2 Cinnamon [Cinnamomum zeylanicum] from Ceylon Sticks
Let all ingredients boil for 5-10 minutes and then add to the bath Water.

recipes for the kitchen
Rosemary cookies

220g spelt flour
50g butter
25 g raw cane sugar
1 tbsp Rosemary, finely chopped
1 egg
some milk, a pinch of unrefined, untreated Salt
Make a dough from all the ingredients and let it rest for a while.
Roll out the dough and cut out the biscuits.
Brush with milk and bake at 220 degrees for 10 minutes.

Rosemary Bread
500g flour (unrefined)
350 ml lukewarm Water
25 g yeast
2 tbsp semolina
1 tsp real Bee Honey
75 ml native extra vergine, organic Olive Oil
50g unsulphurised raisins
1 tsp real, unrefined, uniodized Salt
3 sprigs Rosemary
Mix the yeast with the honey, a little flour and 1 tbsp lukewarm Water and leave to stand.
Pluck the Rosemary stems from the twigs and chop finely.
Set aside 1/3 of them.
Heat the oil in a pan, add the remaining Rosemary and fry over medium heat.
Then pour the oil through a sieve.
Knead the flour, durum wheat semolina, yeast, oil, salt and lukewarm Water into a dough.
Cover the dough in a warm place and let it rise for 1 hour.
Then knead the dough well again and mix in the remaining Rosemary Needles and raisins.
Form two loaves of bread and leave to rise for another 15 minutes.
Carve the top of the loaves into a diamond shape, spread with the good olive oil and bake at 200° for 30 minutes.

The dough can also be used to make 10-12 small rolls.


meditation
Yes... now you're here, here... in this Forest... you see the Trees all around and the others that are with you here.
You feel the contact that your feet have with the ground (the bottom that touches the underlay/ground) the temperature of the Forest on your skin.
You can watch your breath and listen to my voice, and all this is like an invitation to go with me on a quiet journey of experience that takes you deeper and deeper into relaxation.
Nobody will mind if you close your eyes for a while now, because you know how pleasant that is... now...
Maybe you stretch yourself a few more times or find an even more comfortable position for yourself, a position of your body that invites you ... Beautiful… !
And while you may still ask yourself what it is exactly that you are going to experience here in the Forest, a part of you has already prepared yourself to enjoy this letting go... an adventurous journey inside... a journey into the realm of Nature...
Nature spirits perhaps even... like a fairy tale from a thousand and one nights... pleasant, isn't it ?
You can remember any pleasant experiences you like... in your way... experience a Forest...
All the pictures... Sounds... Feelings.... and your eyes, which sooner or later become very heavy... maybe they have not been able to keep themselves open for a long time... simply let it happen... with pleasant ease... such a light heaviness or heavy lightness... Because relaxation is different for everyone...
It is really perfect... all right, if you now feel the Peace completely and tell yourself internally: I can relax and sit still just as much as I can enjoy everything else...
Close your eyes... is a wonderful possibility to experience the world in a new way...
And in this way like to sink deeper, with every exhalation... Relaxation... Well-being... Curiosity... new experience - learn...
The way it suits you, the way you like it...
All these things... this light, the colours and shapes... the sounds of Nature, this typical smell that invites you...
And you don't even have to listen to this voice anymore, because a part of you, independent of the words that this voice speaks, hears all the words that are necessary... right for you... as it invites you...
And I don't know where in your body you perceive this relaxation first.
Maybe in a shoulder blade, in the small left toe, or somewhere in your legs... or your stomach can start now...
Because now you have the willingness and the confidence to make this journey with me, deeper, deeper and deeper and deeper... isn't that so ? isn't it so ?....
Good !
That's good !
Perfectly...
Maybe you already feel or imagine Roots growing out of your feet.
Deeper and deeper into the Earth... Yes ! Like a Tree...
Like a Tree... your favorite Tree, or any other... Roots grow... branch more and more... and anchor themselves firmly and deeply in the ground - you can find support that strengthens you.
The Roots that give you food deep from Mother Earth in whose womb you feel safe, as always...
Now you can become a Tree without any effort... as if by yourself and feel what it is like when you are powerful, stable and grounded - you become more and more confident in everything that is happening...
Have you noticed how slowly, slowly your legs, your bottom, your stomach - the whole upper body has become the Trunk of the Tree - your perceptions have never been as clear as they are - now you can let my voice carry you further away and consolidate the understanding in your subconscious that...
As a Tree you can experience how your arms grow into a mighty crown with many branches, many twigs, many leaves that stretch out towards the warm sunlight... warmth ! Warmth !... Sunbeams !...
Isn't that wonderful... how you can feel the powerful movement in your body - you let the energy of the Earth and the Sky flow in you and allow it to take you to where you always wanted to go.
That's right !... Relax... Let go... Understanding... to continue..

And have you ever experienced how you completely forgot all feeling for time ? absorbed in this or that...
Hours like few minutes appeared... few minutes like hours... You can lose every feeling for Time...
And you can forget everything you have experienced during this journey, as someone has forgotten a
name before... remembers, a while later... you have all this memory at your disposal when you need it after
your subconscious has worked on it...
You can forget things and you can remember... you know so many things that you don't know you know... you know that you know them...
And you know that in the future you can always return to this place - you enjoy this source of your strength and inner peace... the many pictures, impressions and voices that support you... remember whenever you need it... now. Now. Maybe you already feel it.
Maybe you already feel a gentle Wind moving your Leaves and you know, even if the Wind now becomes stronger and stronger... to a mighty storm that you are safe.
That the power of your Roots, the stability of your Trunk carries you, because you are not only strong and stable, but also agile and empathetic... you can bend and bow wherever it is necessary to go along with even the worst storms without breaking and assert yourself through gentleness like Water that splits without any effort when you enter for bathing or swimming and let its softness carry you - you lead and guide yourself like Wood floating on the Water...
You can trust Life, your own possibilities and abilities, the more often you go to this place.
And no one can force you to do what you know is good for you with all the pictures, all the listening, all the feeling ?
How beautiful you are, so powerful and gentle... You !... You are ... ! And that is good, isn't it ?
Now I don't know when...
I don't know when you first noticed that the Forest, the trees, nature can help you to experience the Peace and Joy of Life that are so important to you.
And now you can take all this knowledge, these experiences from this journey with you into your everyday consciousness.
You will be much clearer, more conscious and more concentrated when you reappear very soon and you will be able to remember all the details of the Forest walk at any time if you want to and if it is important for you.
You can now slowly return to this place, to this Forest, to this time... now ! now ! after you have finished whatever inner work your subconscious has done for you this time.
Knowing that your subconscious mind can continue with this work alone at any time, even at night, while you sleep on a deep and relaxed level, awake in the morning, fresh and rested and ready for the Day.
So when you are ready to return, slowly start counting from 10 to 1.
Take some deep breaths.
At one, you will open your eyes, be wide awake and all here again, refreshed and rested and ready for the rest of the Day.

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I do not give any medical advice.
If you have serious health problems, you should refrain from self-medication and seek the advice of a Medical doctor or alternative practitioner.

Some Wild Plants are protected regionally, consult the nature conservation authorities.
Collect only individual Plants, so that the stock remains !
Remember – you can only harvest which belongs to you !

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"Die geheime Sprache der Bäume" | Vortrag von Dr. Ing. Erwin Thoma Tags: Bäume Trees

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Published on 5 Sep 2018

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The Linden Tree
Category: Nature
Tags: Linden Linde Tilia Basswood Dryads Holistic Shaman Nature Healing Parsifal Spirit Plant Tree Wheel

Mrs Tilia speaks

In the course of Time, Stories and Legends have been written about our Folk Tree Linde in galore; much of what is said allows a look at erstwhile Cultures and their ways, their meaning of Life, their Traditions, their Folklore.

Perhaps the engagement with our Predecessors as well as previous civilizations may inspire us modern and so forward-oriented people to recognize the meaning and origin of our thinking, acting, even Life itself and... make some contemplation possible ?
Mrs Tilia is in any case a 'witness of Time' - and its constant change - and invites her human siblings to listen to her.
As a tour guide, she can tell us a lot of her wisdom from the 'lindian' consciousness and perspective and, who knows, provide a piece of advice for Life on our way...

With this Tree-portrait, I wish to express my utterance that we humans encounter Trees with mindfulness and reverence, as In the old Days again.
Brother (sister) Tree of the Plant-kingdom is a living being whose body is bound to a place, but whose Spirit is free and migrates.

I'd like you to invite to follow me, exploring in an in-depth journey the Linden and her so far mostly unrecognized wight.


parsifalrain, June 29                                                                                               

As an introduction, let us start our voyage with a book-excerpt, translated from German to English
'Living Trees and protective Spirits'

"The general view that the Tree is inhabited by a Spirit being whose Life is bound to that of his birth Tree, which dwells within it, but can also sometimes leave it in order to wander freely in its environment in an ethereal form similar to humans or animals, is firmly rooted throughout the earth, regardless of era, Culture, religion, politics, philosophy or fashion.
This view is one way of dealing with other forms of Life.
Do you stop feeding your cat when you've been baptized?

While the Holy Groves dwindled under the influence of the owners of religious and secular power, individual Trees or even smaller groups retained the status of Free Trees for a long Time, which should not be lumbered.

No one was allowed to harm such in any way.
Practical reasons for this increased - many Oaks and Beeches, for example, were indispensable for fattening pigs; Trees marking borders were also important (death penalty in medieval Switzerland for felling border Firs) - but other Trees, such as Yews or family Lime Trees, were simply 'untouchable' for older reasons that were not questioned.
'For those who live in Tree do not want to be felled', the Swedes said.

In Finland in the 19th Century, the Oak was called 'God's Tree' and Birch and Rowan were also kept sacred and planted by the rural population near the house.
A report from 1624 mentions a Grove in Sweden which should have been planted by a giant virgin (Nature).
In it stood a special Oak, the Gylde-Oak, where 'in the old days' much should have 'haunted'.
Still everyone who passed by greeted the Tree with homage:
'Good morning, Gylde!', 'Good evening, Gylde'.
Everywhere people spoke to the Tree creatures, to the Elder Woman (Mrs Ellhorn, Mrs Holle), to the Alder Woman, or to the Ash Woman, to name but a few.

Before the felling, loggers asked the Tree for forgiveness.
The early warning should give the Dryad the opportunity to change to another, younger Tree.
Due to the coincidental naming of the Ashtree (Ash) and Ash Wednesday, the Swedes were able to preserve the old Customs for Ash by declaring it the Ash Wednesday Morning Ritual.
Before Sunrise, because then 'the Spirits are active', the Elders went out to pour Water over the Ash Roots.
 
All these examples are presented in reports of the 19th Century in their present form - they were still very much alive.

The connection between Tree Spirit and Wood was gradually seen as the relationship between human thinking and the body, although the Dryad sometimes leaves the Wood and takes a 'trip'.
In Denmark, the Elder Dryads were known to walk around at dusk and take a look through the windows on occasion.
While Danish pastors lamented in letters the meaning of the mater sambuci (Latin for 'Elder Mother'), a North German colleague told of his youth in 1703.
At that time no one would have dared to cut an Elderberry, and if they had to cut him down, they would say a prayer beforehand: 'Mrs Ellhorn, give me something of your wood, then I will give you something of mine too, when it grows in the Forest'.

This willingness to one Day give Life to the generous Nature reveals the ancient understanding of Life and Death as a huge Cycle.
No wonder that the church could hardly bear such behavior and made every effort to change the situation.
The incessant explanation that all Nature Spirits were 'evil' ('demons and devils') slowly showed effect, the powers of the Tree Spirit, originally regarded as benevolent, were increasingly interpreted negatively.
The attitude changed from 'we thank the Spirits for their Blessings' to' the Spirits harm us if we do not appease them'.
The formulas for tree prayers changed accordingly in the direction: 'Here I sacrifice to you, do us no harm!'
Now the church could rightly free people from the burden of their superstition''.

Fred Hageneder: 'Der Geist der Bäume - Eine ganzheitliche Sicht ihres unerkannten Wesens' (The Spirit of Trees - A holistic view of their unrecognized Nature) - printed in German language.
Neue Erde - Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-89090-632-3

check here for the English edition: (?) The Spirit of Trees - Science, Symbiosis, and Inspiration

 

I'm often asked how to get closer to Nature and her beings best.
One path is the way of amazement and the opening of the senses to the beauty and wisdom of Nature.
And there are beings here that are most similar to humans - the Trees.

One 'speaks' to Nature - or elementary beings not in the literal sense, but grasps what they mean in a, hmmm 'super-verbally' conceptual space, so to speak on the level of ideas or pure concepts.
One must first learn through long practice to reach into this level and then translate those messages into our human language.
So, when I have a term at this higher level, then I look for the image that corresponds to it and then translate this image into the word term(s) of language.
These terms and ideas are absolutely concrete.
They also have something of logic, because many of the Nature entities have a tad of strictly logical.

Those who open themselves lovingly and with interest to Nature's creatures and connect with the beings who penetrate the Stones, Flowers, Trees and Animals, redeem the beings enchanted in Nature in a mysterious way through their interest.  
Whoever takes himself back and opens to his counterpart without his own intentions creates the space for the other being to be able to express himself.

Such conversations go on easier if I had something sour before because the sour has a waking gesture.
When you eat sour or bitter food, you wake up; (dried Juniper berries [acinum genus Juniperus] awaken - also the spirits).
Anyone who eats sweet food can consciously slip away a little.
Sweet things go in the direction of dreaminess, sourness and bitterness opens you so that the I can get through better.

For once we look behind the curtain of the physical world - so that we learn to appreciate anew the great service that enlivened Nature provides for us humans.

I hope that our journey with and about Mrs Tilia is an enrichment for you to understand the nature of the Lime Tree, the Trees par excellence, both in more detail and to reopen to Mother Nature.
And if on your next walk you no longer walk passively or unconcerned past the next Tree, but stop, look at her/him, open up and perhaps remember details of our journey together, then our Lime-Tree succeeded in building a small bridge between Nature beings and man.

image Fotalia.com (Isonsky)

Lime [genus Tilia], Limetree, Linden Tree (Family Lindenaceae or Tiliaceae) genetically overriding belonging to to the Mallow family [Malvaceae] (Angiosperme Plants)
common names
Linden, August Lime, Lime Tree, Bast Tree, Bast Wood Lime, Basswood, Hard Lime, Spring Lime, Summer Lime, Late Lime, Stone Lime, Forest Lime, Winter Linden, Linde

Mrs Tilia is not related to the citrus Fruit called 'Lime' [Citrus aurantifolia], family Rutaceae.

To get atuned, let us rest a little and listen to a melody played in an old English way by Jürgen Wagner
'Linden': ca. 3 Minutes https://yadi.sk/d/ENT3BTtv3XfY9c

The Lime Tree is one of the most beautiful and popular deciduous Trees in Europe.
However, we no longer find her in the Woods, but in parks, on roadsides, on village squares and meadows.
She grows throughout most of the temperate Northern Hemisphere as Tree or Bush and in Asia and is hermaphroditic, having perfect Flowers with both male and female parts, pollinated by insects.

country lore (in case of thunderstorm)
Thou shalt abate Oak,
You should look for Beech -
If you just can't find Linden
(vernacular)


Mrs Tilia agreed with me that without going into the more than 50 individual species worldwide, I would like to try to make the Cultural and Mythological depth of this Tree accessible to the gentle reader.


The Lime Tree has always been considered one of the most important Tree species in European Cultural History.
It has long been the favorite Tree of the people and is not a Tree of the 'arrived', the establishment, such as Oak or Ash.

'Where would a Lime Tree be in German lands - and certainly it is in others countries as well - under which there would not be a settee or next to which there would not be a chapel? The beauty of her structure, the flysheet of her shadow and the sociable humming in her branches invite'.

- Adalbert Stifter

Like all deciduous Tree species, the Lime Tree appears in geological history in the Cretaceous period 130 million Years ago and therefore outlasts human History by eons.

The Lime Tree has a very special significance for humans.
From the Forests, she was brought to the villages and cities where she could grow excellently as a single Tree.
This gave man a 'motherly' Tree personality, with Heart-shaped Leaves, sweet Blossom scent and expansive crown, which has a special attraction and gives a feeling of comfort.
(Although Trees of the same species like to live together 'in families' out of all kinds of' 'practical considerations', she is not particularly fond of the neighborhood with other Linden Trees).

Already in the early Days, the Celts surrounded their places of worship with Winter Lime Trees.
The importance of the Linden as a Tree of lovers can still be found today in many Folk Songs and Customs confirmed:


'where we gather neath' the Tilia Trees, at evening time' ...

... or in the Middle Ages Walther von der
Vogelweide
wrote about Love under the Linden
video: by Dulamans Vröudenton from Salzburg/Austria (in english, deutsche Übersetzung von Mittelhochdeutsch hier)

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'… and sweetly sang the nightingale' (tandaradei)

and Heinrich Heine said,


'Look at this Lime Leaf! You will find it - shaped like a Heart, - that's why the lovers - also preferably sit under Lime Trees'.

In the old German card game first mentioned in 1472, the Linden Leaf shows the free peasantry.
In the 16th Century, the physician Lonitzer wrote in his New Kreuterbuch:

'Linde has the name [from her] 'Limelike-ness'
(lime-) in the sense of 'soft' or soothing)

The Lime Tree or a Leaf of her is considered an icon of justice, Love, Peace and loyalty and has a very
special meaning in German-speaking countries as a sign for the formidable values Homeland and Family, as a place of Community.
Aside from that, she's a symbol of the free status of landowners and cattle breeders.
1852 there were decrees of the royal government of Upper Bavaria for the protection and replanting of Lime Trees.
Burial grounds and monuments were and are often shadowed by Linden Trees.
In 1991 an imperial Lime Tilia Pallidia was planted in the Thuringian town of Niederdorla, the topographical center of all of Germany, as a sign of German reunification.
Also in memory of the reunification an imperial Lime Tree was planted near the Reichstag on October 05, 1990.

Franz Schubert - Der Lindenbaum (Winterreise, D.911,5)

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Further Linden were planted along the former inner-German border to commemorate the peaceful changes within the GDR.
Nature and environmentalists use her as symbols, such as BUND Nature Conservation in Bavaria, which was founded in 1913.
To cut down an old Lime Tree without good reason would probably still give rise to indignation today.  

'If we see riders halting under the Lime Tree, this would be a sign of Peace.
Because under the Lime Tree we tend to drink, dance, be happy, because Mrs Tilia is the Tree of Peace and Joy'.

- Martin Luther

The (Summer) - Lime is the Plant that, with her flowering, announces the Full Summer in the physiologically and biologically based 'Phenological Seasons'.
In many villages she can be found in the village square (if there is not already a shopping center replacing the Linden as the former meeting place for conversation and relaxation).
You are welcome to sit down here, she is also a wonderful shade provider.
As the original Tree of our formerly great Culture, the Lime tree is connected to Venus.
And Venus is Aphrodite.
The Indo-Germanic language root 'lentos' emphasizes - in contrast to the firm Oak with his enormous tap root - her special flexibility and elasticity, her feminine grace.
Lime Trees have a so-called Heart-root, which carefully embeds itself in the soil via several main roots.
What the Oak embodies in male symbolic power, the Lime shows on the other side:
She stands for femininity, sweetness, fertility, Summer, cheerfulness, beauty and Love.

A strong Earth energy emanates from Mrs Tilia, and it is no coincidence that the power of the Dragon has found its pictorial expression in the name Lindwurm (Lindworm).
With its pristine Dragon power it guards Mother Earth at the foot of the Lime Tree.

In the Eifel, the 'May-marriage' auctions for Maids took place under the Lime Trees at the (annual) parish fair (Kirchweih), where a man was able to buy the privilege of going to all Feasts with this Maid for a Year.
If it turned out during the Year that the Maid was not worthy of this award (no virginity!), the Linden was 'scrubbed'; that is, the lawn or the pavement around the trunk had to be renewed.

In Germanic Mythology, her heart-shaped Leaf is associated with the Goddess Freya, an allegory of Love and Fertility.
From the Freya Lime Tree, by the - forced catholization, this name was transformed to 'Marian Lime Tree', more to this below.

Who does not know the scent of Lime Blossom ?
A vivid impression of the beguiling effect comes during the Lime Blossom Season in June, when crowds of humming insects populate the nectar-rich Flowers of the Limes to form a cosmic body of sound.


'Nature is wasteful in the number of Flowers. A Lime Tree is full of them'.
image: banarama.files

Basswood, the Folk Tree
Social life took place around the village Tree.
In earlier times, court was held beneath Lime Trees.
The squabblers were - infatuated with the Lime Blossom fragrance - to reach out and join hands in the village Feast.
Some judgments ended with the final formula:


'Given under the Linden … !'


In some villages are still such courts and dance Linden (for weddings and other Festivals in the Wheel of the Year)
More here and here.

Markedly court Trees are called 'Femelinden'.
Meetings of the local councils were also held under their roof.
They took decisions, held elections, administered taxes and governed the people.
It was also the Tree of gathering and exchange of messages.

Many of the Linden Trees react very sensitively to car exhaust fumes and really suffer from air pollution, which is why nowadays some ancient Linden Trees have disappeared on village squares and crossroads.

Mrs Tilia can live for more than a thousand Years due to her special ability:
Although she become rotten at an early stage and cavities form inside, she forms inner Roots from the Treetop down that feed on the Tree's own decomposition products.
These inner Roots can become so thick that they in turn fill the cavity created by decay with wood mass and a new bark.
Thus an aging Lime tapers again.
And again, this is a sign of the Cycle of Life: Birth, Growth (Regeneration), Death.

This brings us to the healing properties and benefits for the people
Linden wood is soft, light and long fibrous with a fine structure.
Due to its softness and elasticity it is particularly suitable for carving and turnery and has been used since long for images of saints and altars.
It was used for making wooden shoes, bowls, spoons and other household appliances as well as for the soundboards of pianos and organs.
Due to its properties, it is excellently suited as carving wood and also has its main use there.
In our Forests but she is no longer planted because her wood does not achieve good prices.

'The Lime Tree radiates cordialness and warmth in her appearance'


Accordingly, the healing effect of her Flowers and Leaves, which can alleviate some pathological complaints'.

Lime bark can be used well for Smudging Ceremonies and also provides bast for tying and twining, clothing, bowstrings, beehives and saddlery.

The Bark of the Lime is rich in bast fibres, which can be easily removed in strips.
Since time immemorial, this woody shell has been placed in cold water, similar to flax production.
This allows pure bast to be separated, dried in the Sun and then processed.

please note:
Always consult a doctor before using healing remedies and read disclaimer at the end of my abstract.

Mrs Tilia is an outstanding Sunlight collector
Lime Blossom Tea and honey products as well as fragrance essences and cosmetics are extracted from this Tree.
Especially young Lime Leaves are mild, nutritious and tasty and can be used in salads.
One only has to consider that Lime Leaves suck liquid.
Older Leaves are no less valuable, but require more chewing work.
The Leaves of the Linden Tree were already known in antiquity as a medicine:
Hardly anything is as strongly underestimated as the positive properties of the Plant dye chlorophyll.
It contains Sunshine - Light energy: Biophotons that encourage the body in many Life-supporting processes.
They transfer high-quality Light energies from the Cosmos straightforwardly into cells and tissues of the body and sustainably promote cell respiration and cell metabolism.
Chlorophyll also significantly supports the precise function of the brains, the nervous, hormonal and cellular systems.
Wherever it is present, there is always cell-available, cell-permeable (and thus organically) iron and magnesium.
The stronger the colors, the more iron, the richer the green, the more magnesium.
As early as 1913, the chemist Richard Willstätter recognized that chlorophyll is able to build up living substances from dead matter with the help of the Sunlight stored in it.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1915 for his work in analyzing the molecular structure of chlorophyll.

'The Linden
The powerful chose the Oak,
The eagle, lions on top of that
The people planted a Lime Tree
They met there and had rest

People used to dance to some of the Festivities
Her roof sheltered all of the guests
Her scent awakened their Hearts
And has delighted Lovers
 
The village courts met there
And she was happy to be consulted
A Tree of Life was in the middle
Wasn't the Deity here with her?

She alleviated the needs of the sick
She stood by side of the sad
She protected house and farm, Family
With the lonely, she was à deux'
- Jürgen Wagner

ethnobotanical
The Lime represents a motherly, warm being.
She spreads her arms wide to receive the man in her bosom.
Mrs Tilia is a symbol of cordiality, security and nest warmth.
With these characteristics she has conquered the sympathy of the people since earliest Time.

Of all indigenous Tree species, the Linden Tree helps us to awaken the dormant Nature in us - and to take a path of healing due to her deep, parable-like collective memory of human beings.

It is not for nothing that the German word 'Linderung' (alleviation) is anchored in vocabulary.
In times of unrestrained overexploitation of Nature, she really offers us comfort and protection under her buzzing canopy of leaves:

'When we gather neath' the Tilia Trees'.
'No fairer Land
There is no land, near and far,
More beautiful than ours at this time
When we gather
Neath' the Tilia Trees
As night falls...'

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How deeply Tilia is rooted in Folk Life is also shown by the large number of field- and Family names.
The Linden Tree gave her name to many towns, villages, streets (and restaurants) and also went into many coats of arms as an adjunct of bravery and victory, as well as into those of some German noble families.
About 1100 villages have their name in the German-speaking area: Lindau, Linden, Lindenwood or Lindenthal.
Linz is the Linden-grove, Leipzig comes from Lipkso and means Linden-site.
Linn near Brugg owes its name to a Centuries-old Tree that is still alive today.
The Celtic and Old French 'til' is the origin of place names in western Switzerland such as Tilliez, Montillez or Muntelier.
Lindner, Lindacher, Lindenfels, Lindenberg, Terlinden, Lindström are common surnames...
Even different names of girls remind of the Lime Tree: Gerlinde, Gieslinde, Sieglinde and many more.

In former times there were numerous avenues, which had existed on both sides with Tilia Trees, street names still point to it today:
'Unter den Linden' or 'Linden Avenue'.
With increasing road traffic, however, the population of Lime Trees declined sharply - they do not tolerate car and industrial exhaust fumes, and atrophy.

in Sweden, Families had their protection Trees.
The Linné, Lindelius and Tiliander Families derived their names from the same three-stemmed Lime Tree.
When the Lindelius ceased, one of the shafts dried up; after the last daughter of the famous botanist Linné had died childless, the second did not shoot out any more, and when the Tiliander family died out, the whole Tree passed away....
For the Nibelungen hero Siegfried, too, the Lime Tree was a Tree of fate: 'as Siegfried bathed invulnerably in the blood of the slain dragon, a Lime Leaf clung to his shoulder, preventing complete protection, and under a Lime Tree he died from the hand of the fierce Hagen'.

The botanical name is related to the Greek tilos, fiber.
The richness of bast fibres in the Bark is a speciality of the Lime Tree.
The pile dwellers once woven their clothes of linen fibres and Linden bast.
Lime bast porridge was used to ease (lindern) burns.

Today there are reinforced concrete-multi-purpose halls in the villages; in former Times there were Lime Trees.
The Village-Lime Tree (Dorflinde) is defined in Meyer's dictionary of conversation:
'The Summer Lime Tree, which often only blooms at the age of 15-30 Years, was the classic center of the villages, the meeting point in the place where people's social Life took place'.
In some places she was even converted into a 'dance hall' - the wide branches of the 'Dance Lime Tree' were formed - often over Decades - into horizontal wreaths of Branches.
Boards were laid over it, along with railings, ladders and supporting posts - and the outdoor dance hall was ready.


'It was already full around the Linden and everything was already dancing, how great'

wrote Goethe.

The Linden gave shelter from thunderstorms and evil spirits.
Forms of disease were transmitted to the Lime Tree (sympathetic Plant) i.e.:

'Gout flow, thou shalt stand, thou shalt go by, shall disappear, like the foliage of the Linden'.

An oath was sworn under Linden, where the court took place and where deliberations were held.
Many documents prove the old 'judicum sub Tilia', which was practiced until the end of the 18th Century.
It was believed that the pure Truth came to Light under the sacred Tree.

'Blood-Linden' bear witness to unfair convicts:
The legend of the Blood-Linde from Wiesbaden-Frauenstein/Germany
Near Wiesbaden stands a huge Linden Tree at the Frauenstein Castle, from which the Legend goes that once sadness took place in its place.
A young Lady loved a lad who was not coequal to her, and often met him strolling outside the castle in the evening, in a shady spot near the castle wall.
Then her hard and proud father perceived these meetings, was furious, surprised the lovers and slew the lover with his own hand.
The daughter broke a young Linden-Sprout, stuck it through the running blood of her lover in the ground and never again spoke a single word to her father.
Every Day she cried for her slain lover, but Linden's Sprout struck Roots and shoot and became a Tree, and as long as the grieving lover lived and cried, blood flowed from the Linden-Tree's branches as someone tore off a Leaf or Branch.
But no one did that anymore, for the people stood in awe, and so the Blood-Linde grew to a mighty height and thickness, and four men can barely embrace the Tree.
- Ludwig Bechstein - Deutsches Sagenbuch, Leipzig, Georg Wigand, 1853
(Today the age of the Lindentree is estimated by the Nature Conservation authority at 800 Years).

did you know that the Lime Tree is a Plant with play-value ?
When you're out and about with children in the great outdoors, you can engage them in simple games that we've played as children, pointing out the beauty of Nature in the most beautiful colors:
The smaller Winter Lime, one of the best bee pastures, offers good carving lumber; the Fruits of the larger
Summer Lime can be used as small 'helicopters'...
In both Lime Trees, the matt-green Leaves turn bright-yellow in Autumn.

The Germanic and Slavic peoples regarded the Linden next to the Oak as a sacred Tree whose wood was used for ritual cremation of the dead.
As said above, the Oak, however, has generally always been attributed to the authorities and was never ever the Tree that inspired Mankind.
In German-speaking countries this function was performed by the Linde.
People lived with her.

According to Sigmund Freud, in the dream interpretation (oneirocriticism), Lime stands for healing and as a place of strength to recharge one's batteries.

In Legends, Linden Trees often appear as a meeting place for the so-called 'Witches'.
In the course of Christianisation, the Freya Lime Tree became the Marian Lime Tree, to which pilgrimages also took place, where some 'Leaves possessing sacred power' were taken along.
The Lime Tree was considered in the Middle Ages as the holy Roman empire's bee pasture and stood under strict spell, because at that time honey was the only sweetener.
The wax was also used for altar candles, writing tablets or seals.
Even today, the catholic church demands beeswax for the sacrificial candles and the Lime Tree is an important beekeeping Plant for apiculturists.

My grandmother had a wall hanging in the veranda with the song 'Am Brunnen vor dem Tore' on it.
We used to sing it with her when we were kids.

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The Linden Tree in the art of healing


'The Water burned from the Flower is highly praised against the falling addiction [epilepsia] of the young children: but if one wants this potion a little bit stronger one should add one third of peony Water (peony) [Paeonia officinalis]. It is also used otherwise against the stroke, dizziness and other cold behaviors of the brain. If the stroke has hit, take Lime Blossom Water and black cherry water (black wild cherry) [Prunus avium ssp. Avium], mix them together and drink one ounce each time (about 0.03 liters). This Water drunk, is good for the diseased intestines, is given by some also for the stomach. The Water of Lime Blossom exterminates the patches in the face'.


- recommended Tabernaemontanus (Jakob Dietrich) in 1625.

 

          

collecting tips
The Tree Blossoms for a few days between June and July, then everything must go quickly:
After harvesting or collecting - depending on whether it is your Tree or you are in the Wild - you dry the Flowers, until they take on a yellow-green color.
(Picking and quickly on the shade, laid out on a linen cloth, dry).
The mature, open Flowers exude an incredible fragrance and indicate that they should now be picked in just four Days.
The concentration of active ingredients is highest during this time.
Do not just collect the single Flower, but also the almost translucent Bract.
Only pick as much as you need for a Year, because the healthy ingredients volatilize on prolonged storage.
Since the Linden Flowers are very sensitive to Light and air, you should dry them quickly and keep them in dense and light-protected - or in dark glasses.
From the end of May you can pick their tender Leaves, from July their flowers and later, when the Seeds have turned brown, these too.

that's how the Linden Tree will help you
The diverse healing range of Linde is really impressive (mentioning just a few fields of operation)
rheumatism, lumbago and gout pain relieving
migraine and headache
stomach and abdominal pain
lowers blood pressure
soothing
soporific
carminative
diuretic
antipyretic
soothing to cough
anti-inflammatory for sore throat
preventively to increase the immune defense
refreshing and against hot flashes during menopause

In Naturopathy, Lime Blossoms are used to prevent colds, are an important remedy for flu and fever; a Tea of Lime Blossom drives sweat, stimulates appetite, has a nerve-soothing, anxiolytic and -> therefore sleep-promoting effect, in rheumatism (the Lime can also help when conjuring – (invoke) the Tree in gout), lumbago, indigestion, as well as kidney and bladder stones.
Lime blossoms are also antispasmodic.

Lime Blossom Tea
A 'House Tea' from the Lime Blossom is prepared from granny's pharmacy, which can also be mixed with other Herbs.
The Lime Blossom Tea, which is popular with children and adults, tastes very mild and smells like the Flowers at the time of collection.
Add 10 g dried or fresh Lime Blossoms to boiling Water and leave to stand for 5 minutes.
Pour through a sieve in cups and sweeten with real bee-honey.
Drunk hot in Winter and cold in Summer, it is very refreshingly garnished with Peppermint Leaves [folium Mentha piperta].
If you double the amount of Flowers, it is a shvitz healing potion for colds.
The anti irritating-cough effect is due to the amount of mucilage contained in the Lime Blossoms.
It also contains high levels of essential oils, manganese, tannins, Vitamin C, Vitamin P (which is important for the energy balance in the body cells, it inhibits inflammation and detoxifies the body).

Caution: Long-term applications with Lime Blossom Tea (over 6 to 8 Weeks) should be avoided, as sensitive persons could react with nervous heart complaints.
Generally, no Tea preparation should be drunk for more than 6 to a maximum of 8 Weeks as it may lead to an accustoming effect.
It is therefore worth considering whether taking a Tea that has not achieved the desired result even after 6 Weeks is effective and whether another Tea preparation or other form of therapy would be appropriate.
However, in case of prolonged symptoms, I strongly recommend to consult an experienced physician, Homeopath or alternative practitioner in Naturopathy !

Lime Blossom Syrup
To do this, boil 840 g of brown sugar in 1.5 L of water.
Add 150 g organic honey and a handful of fresh lime blossom.
Allow the syrup to cool.
Add 2 slices of organic lemon and 30 g of citric acid (drugstore or pharmacy) and leave to soak in a cool, dark place covered for 5 days.
Then strain the syrup into dark bottles.
Closed tight, it lasts about ½ year in the fridge.
source of this recipe

Lime Tincture
To make a Lime Blossom Tincture yourself, pour a double-grain or wine spirit over Lime Blossoms in a screw cap glass until all parts of the Plant are covered and leave the mixture closed for 2 to 6 Weeks.
Strain and pour into a dark bottle.
Take 10-50 drops of this Tincture once to three times daily.
If the Tincture is too concentrated for you, you can dilute it with Water.

a Tincture is a Herbal extract with the help of alcohol.
You can either use a commercial double grain with 40% vol or, slightly more expensive, buy 70% or even 90% alcohol in the pharmacy.
For cost reasons, I usually use the common double grain myself and I am very satisfied with it.
Such a self-made Tincture lasts for one Year without any problems, with cool storage much longer.
    Collect a glass full of Lime Blossoms.
    Pour a high-proof clear liquor (e.g. double grain or vodka) over it until everything is covered.
    Close the glass.
    Put it in a sunny, warm place
    Wait 10 Days to 6 Weeks (the longer it stands, the stronger the Tincture becomes)
    Filter the Tincture (e.g. with coffee filter).
    Pour it into a dark bottle.
    Label the bottle with content and date
    (Important: it is very easy to forget what is inside when there is no label on it).
You can then take 3 x 10-50 drops of the finished Tincture.
Or use the Tincture in ointments or gels.

external applications
Linden Tea or diluted Tincture can be used externally in the form of Compresses (Envelopes), Baths or Washes.
With this kind of application one can promote the healing of wounds.
Linde is also used externally against furuncles and other abscesses - Envelopes with Lime Blossom Tea can promote ripening.

Ablutions with Lime Blossom Tea
The facial wash with unsweetened, lukewarm Lime Blossom Tea is suitable for the treatment of inflammatory skin and helps to a rosy complexion.

a Bath with Lime Blossoms has a relaxing effect (boil the Flowers, strain, add the liquid to the Bath Water).
Suitable (also) for smudging mixed with Marigold [Calendula officinalis], Raspberry [Rubus idaeus] and Coltsfoot [Tussilago farfara].

Linden as a Life-facilitator
The simplest use is the addition of Lime Blossoms -and Seeds on bread or in salad.
You can also cut young Leaves into small pieces and use them in desserts such as quark and yoghurt or add them to your smoothie.
But her Flowers, Leaves, Seeds and Bark can do much more !
Find out what !

the Lime for inhalation
Inhalation with Lime Blossoms helps with colds, catarrh or a mild bronchitis.
For an optimal effect you can use the following mixture with other medicinal Herbs:
Mix 40 g Lime Blossoms, 30 g Camomile Blossoms [Matricaria chamomilla, syn.: Matricaria recutita], 15 g Sage Leaves [Salvia officinalis] and 15 g Thyme Herb [Thymus vulgaris].
Use three tablespoons each of this mixture and pour over 500 ml of hot, non boiling Water.
Used three times a Day, inhalation quickly provides relief.

Lime Blossom Oil ...
... is a mild care product for the treatment of inflammatory skin areas, sunburn, inflammations in the genital area and haemorrhoids.
Mix 1 handful of dried Lime Blossoms (and/or Seeds) in a dark colored glass jar with 2 deciliters of organic almond or native olive oil extra and place in the heat or simply in the Sun for 10 Days.
Then filter off and fill into sterile bottles.
If necessary, the inflamed skin or mucous membrane areas can be gently rubbed with this oil in the morning and evening.

Elixir of the Lime Tree
Each Tree has an individual vibration potential, similar to the radiance of ornamental Flowers and Wild Flowers.
Similar to the production of Bach Flower Essences, these subtle energies of the Trees can be impregnated in aqueous media.
Such incorporeal vibration essences are often a valuable help in case of pathological disorders and emotional crises of Humans.
They are used in therapy according to the homeopathic principle 'similar things are cured with similar things'.
This can positively influence emotional discomfort, disharmonious internal states and mood disorders in forms of illness.

The treated person returns to his inner center, feels more balanced and harmonious.
However, the prerequisite is the choice of the correct therapeutic oscillation pattern.
For this, the symbolic Tree characters must be analogized with the individual disposition of the human being.
Related to the Lime Tree, the Tree symbolizes friendly, calm, composed, gentle, yielding (well in the sense of flexibility), warm-hearted, well-disposed, accessible, diplomatic, sociable personalities with a congenial charisma.

In their open, tolerant and casual manner, however, they can often be deeply hurt and offended by today's dominant raw, selfish lifestyle of modern society.
A Linden Tree Elixir is recommended for the elimination of emotional complaints and disturbed well-being.
It has the power to bring back and harmonize the snubbed emotional levels.
From the Linden Tree Essence (available at Fortisana, Gütschstrasse 6, 6312 Steinhausen, Switzerland, Tel. 041 740 22 86) 5 drops are taken every 2nd Evening diluted in a little Water before going to bed for 4 Weeks or longer.
More information about the effect of Tree Elixirs can be found in the peerless but written so far only in German book by Doris and Sven Richter 'Der Geist in den Bäumen spricht...'
(name of the book translated 'The Spirit in the Trees speaks...', Joy-Edition, Steinhausen ISBN: 3952128910

see also 'Tilia - die Lindenessenz in der lebenskundlichen und der energetischen Spagyrik'
('Tilia - the Lime Essence in Life and energy spagyric poetry')
(Only recently has a Google account been required to access this page - I'm very sorry !!)

 

addendum
300 Years she comes, 300 Years she stands, 300 Years she passes (vernacular)
A Tree veteran is the Wolframslinde in Ried, Lower Bavaria.
The poet Wolfram von Eschenbach (1170-1220) is said to have written his 'Parsifal' in her shadow.
Other today existing, listed (as a historic monument protected) Tree veterans stand as living witnesses of past times, big with fate.
Many have survived wars, forces of Nature, climatic episodes *) or Epidemics **) and are provided with appropriate wound marks and scratches.

the Linden literary
A literary and delicious recipe to 'find lost time' comes from Marcel Proust, who dipped the sound of a (petite) madeleine in Linden Flower Tea, which was key to the lost time of his childhood (-:

The Linden Tree is suitable for carving Hearts in her ... (which will surely hurt a bit) ... to let future generations know who planted the Tree (or as we manifested this wonderful Tree in our garden-paradise and that we really loved each other)

*) Climate epochs of the last 1.200 Years
a warm period from the 9th to the 11th Century, the Medieval Warm Period and the Medieval Climate Optimum (with multiple Harvests each Year)
a cool climate from the 14th to the 19th Century, the Little Ice Age, and
 again a slightly warmer phase in the 20th Century until about 1970. (watch the short video The Coming Ice Age - Climate Hysteria Circa 1978)

**) During the European plague pandemic from 1347 to 1353 following a sudden, unexpected Little Ice Age - as historians estimate, 25 million people lost their lives - a third of the population at that time - not counted Asia and Africa.

Thank you for accompanying Mrs Tilia and me in our ethnobotanical trip, she really enjoyed our journey.
It is up to you to regard Tilia as a natural wonder and turn to advantage what you may have experienced during the course of this excursion.

'Our whole world is traversed by countless natural, astral and spiritual beings.
These beings do not want to be ignored by man, but recognized and considered.
And they have a lot to tell!'

- Wolfgang Weirauch


Disclaimer
This information is supplied without liability, limit or warranty.
Please note - this healing recipes may be subject to change and are without guarantee – always contact a Medical doctor before the application !
and
The information in this article has been carefully reviewed by me.
However, I decline any liability for any damage or consequences arising from the use or misuse of the information I have provided.
 
I do not give any medical advice.
If you have serious health problems, you should refrain from self-medication and seek the advice of a Medical doctor or alternative practitioner.

Some Wild Plants are protected regionally, consult the Nature conservation authorities.
Collect only individual Plants, so that the stock remains !
Remember – you can only harvest something which belongs to you !

all images from Wikipedia, Wikimedia or self-made unless otherwise stated

related

Lindenblattsalat sorgt für Erstaunen
(Lime Leaf Lettuce provides astonishment)

Lied der Linde
(prophetisches Gedicht, das im Jahre 1850 im hohlen Stamm einer tausendjährigen Linde bei Staffelstein im oberen Maintal in Franken/Deutschland gefunden wurde) (Song of the Lime Tree - in German - a prophetic poem found in 1850 in the hollow Trunk of a thousand year old Lime Tree near Staffelstein in the upper Main valley in Franconia/Germany)

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deutsche Version hier
https://yadi.sk/i/NdjsY5VZ3YaiEP

http://www.lovingenergies.net/pt/The-Linden-Tree/blog.htm

The Linden Tree by Parain on Scribd

https://de.scribd.com/document/382857887/The-Linden-Tree

'I find very reasonable the Celtic belief that the souls of our dearly departed are trapped in some inferior being, in an animal, a Plant, an inanimate object, indeed lost to us until the Day, which for some never arrives, when we find that we pass near the Tree, or come to possess the object which is their prison. Then they quiver, call us, and as soon as we have recognized them, the spell is broken. Freed by us, they have vanquished death and return to live with us'.

- Marcel Proust (1871–1922)

the Linden Tree in our garden which we have manifested

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