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8 forms of capital active hope agroecology agroforestry alder buckthorn Amazon anxiety apples arthritis back yard beans Bec Hellouin beech tree bees beneficial berries biochar biodigester biodiversity blackberries blackthorn book review brain brassica cage budget build building campesino capital card deck Celtic festivals change changes chemical-free chickens christmas circular clay pot cleansers cleansing milks climate change climate emergency climate grief climate solutions climbers climbing cob comfrey community compost compost teas connection consciousness conservation container cooking coppice coppicing cordial cosmology courgettes crafts crisis crop protection Cross Quarter Festival cultural emergence culture cut flowers cycles degraded design diary diversity DIY do it yourself dryland earth care Earth's energy ecoculture economics ecopoetry ecosystem ecosystem restoration camps ecosystems edges edible edible flowers education efficiency elder elderflowers elements elixir energy equinox ethics face mask fair shares Fairtrade farming feedback feminine ferns figs film firewood floristry flower essence flower garden flowers food food forest food garden footbath forage foraging forest garden forest gardening forests fruit fruit leather fruit trees fungi future future care gardening garlic gift economy gin Give Nature a voice Glennie Kindred global poverty glut grapes greenhouse grief groundcover grow grow food grow your own growing guilds habitat habits handcream harvest harvests hawthorn hazel hazelnut healing shrubs healing trees health healthy soil heart health hedgerow hedging herbal herbal remedies herbal teas herbalist herbs holistic holistic planned grazing home homeless homemade wine homestead hope Hugelkultur humanure hummus hungry gap IBC tanks Imbolc incense increase yields Indigenous inexpensive influence inspiration International Womens Day jam keyline kitchen garden lacto-fermentation Lammas land landscape landscapes life lifestyle limeflowers livelihood livestock living labs logs Looby Macnamara lotion low cost low-impact Lush Spring Prize macerations Manda Scott Mangwende Orphan Care Trust market garden market gardening marmalade marshmallow mass heater meadowsweet medicinal microbes microfarm Midwest Permaculture mimic mindset mitigation money Morag Gamble moringa Mother Earth mulch multifunctional mushrooms native plants natural natural building natural fertiliser natural skincare natural swimming pool nature nature connection nitrogen no dig no waste no-dig novel November nutrition nuts observe oca October off-grid oil cleansing orchard orchards organic organic flowers organic gardening outdoor shower oven oxymel oyster pallets pasture-fed patterns people people care peoplecare perennials permaculture permaculture design permaculture magazine award permaculutre permayouth pesto pests philippines pine tree pips pizza oven plant profile plants pollinators pollution polyculture polycultures preserving principles propagating protection pruning prunings psycho-spiritual awareness psychospiritual transformation rainforest rainwater raspberries recipe recipes reduce reed beds regeneration regenerative regenerative agriculture relative location relative matter remedy renewable renewable energy resources restoration reuse revolution rhythms rootstock rootstocks roundhouse roundwood runner beans sage salad salads salve Samhain schools Scotland scotts pine seasonal seasons seeds selfcare Sepp Holzer september septic tanks sewage treatment shade shamanism sheet mulching shrubs skincare sloes slugs small solutions small-scale smallholding social justice soil health solar solutions sowing spiritual spring squash stacking functions stock-free straw straw bale summer sustainable Sweet Bay syntropic systems temperate terraces thistles thrutopia timber timber framing tincture tonic toolkit tools transformation trees upcycle urban urban gardening veg garden vegan veganic vermicomposting vinegar walnuts waste water water cleansing watering weeds wellbeing wetland wild edges wild food wild garlic wildflower wildlife wine recipes wings winter winter greens winter salads wood stove woodburner woodland woodland management woodlands worms yarrow year round year-round food yield young people youth zai pits zone 00 zoning

Health Benefits of Limeflowers (Tilia cordata)

Natural skincare creator, Laura Pardoe explains the health and skincare benefits of using limeflowers, when to harvest them, and how to make your own foot bath recipe aching feet and ankles.

The lime tree (Tilia cordata – also known as Linden) grows all over Europe. Despite its size, the lime tree remains relatively inconspicuous until July, when they come into their own. Limeflowers open, and a sweet fragrance fills the air as bees buzz in among their branches. The honey made from lime pollen is especially good, so do try some if you get a chance. You may be surprised to find it has a slightly minty flavour, which is absolutely delicious.

A simple way to try tasting limeflower yourself is by steeping a few sprigs in boiling water to make a tea – a great way to feel its health benefits. In France this is a traditional bedtime drink, enjoyed from childhood onward. It’s likely that the calming effects of limeflower tea have aided healthy hearts more than red wine. It’s a good drink to have if you’re suffering from a cold or flu, as it promotes perspiration. Also known as the linden tree, limes are said to date back 70 million years. 

Medicinal gains

Limeflower is one of the most helpful of skincare plants. It’s skin-conditioning, helps soothe skin and smooth out tiny wrinkles, helps fade freckles and improves circulation. Using limeflowers brings the heart of summer into every day. Known as ‘tilleul’ in perfumery, it is used in many classic scents, helping recall a bright summer’s day.

Parts to use 

Flowers and bracts.

How to find, grow, harvest 

Limeflowers bloom and can be gathered for just a few short weeks in July, so do head out and find your local trees while you can. Collect the flowers and the bracts; they’re best when just open and the stamens are full of pollen. 

Special care 

Avoid old flowers when making preparations as they may produce symptoms of mild intoxication. 

How to use 

Limeflower footbath for aching feet and ankles

Lime water hair rinse to keep hair soft and in good condition.

Soothing foot bath 

4g limeflowers
2g marshmallow leaves
2g comfrey
1 tbsp (15ml) apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp (30g) arrowroot

Make: Put the herbs in a pan and pour over 3½ pints (2 litres) of water. Bring to the boil, simmer for 5 minutes then cover and allow to cool to a comfortable temperature. Transfer to a suitable bowl for soaking your feet and add the cider vinegar.

Use: Soak your feet while relaxing for half an hour and then dry them meticulously and powder with arrowroot.

This is an extract from Laura Pardoe’s Vital Skincare: Natural Healthy Skin in Just 5 Minutes a Day. Chapters include:

  • Why it is Vital to Look after your Skin
  • Blending Your Own
  • Three determinants that make your skin what it is
  • Cleansing
  • Toners
  • Exfoliating
  • Moisturising
  • Learn to Blend like a Pro 
  • Powerhouse Seed Oils
  • Flower Power 
  • Our Closest Herbs – through the seasons
  • Little Rituals – Reflecting on your Skincare

More from Laura: Make your own natural cleansers

Further Resources

Watch

Make Your Own Natural Skincare

Books

Vital Skincare
by Laura Pardoe

The Creative Kitchen
by Stephanie Hafferty

Letting in the Wild Edges
by Glennie Kindred

The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook
by Anne Stobart

Articles

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Natural Skincare Recipes with Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

How to Make your own Natural Cleansers

Make Your Own Spring Tonic

About the Author

Laura is a plantswoman and natural skincare formulator. Now living in the Cotswolds, her time is shared between family, hedgerows, garden, workshops, desk and lab as she blends traditional and modern approaches to bring the skincare benefits of temperate plants to all.