You know those head colds where it starts off with your nose running like a faucet and uncontrollable sneezing? And then once that stops, your nasal passages just swell up and seal shut, but your nose continues to run and drip down the back of your throat? Yeah. I had one of those last week. I don’t think I ever ran a fever, but I did feel a bit worn down and lethargic for a day or so. It was fairly mild, as colds go, but that nose thing was very distressing.
I was on vacation, so had limited herbal remedies on hand. I started taking Airborne. I also made myself a soothing cup of honey, ginger, and lemon tea (boiled water poured over chopped fresh ginger, a spoonful of honey, and a squeeze of lemon). Later I made a hot toddy, and wow, that was potent! (1/4C each of of whiskey and fresh lemon juice heated, plus 1/4C honey.) Tasty, instant warmth, a pleasant buzz, and peaceful sleep shortly thereafter. Although these remedies were comforting, they were only temporarily.
The swollen shut, runny nose continued, but I was on the mend the next day and felt much better, plus we were heading home. As soon as I got home I started looking through my herbs for another remedy to treat the stuffy, drippy nose.
It is an incredible feeling when you ingest an herb that seems as if it was made just for you. It totally matches your constitution, relieves the imbalances causing your symptoms, almost makes you feel more like yourself than you did before. Incredible!
I chose this herb because of its moistening and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which I thought would be a good match for my currently dry winter constitution. Plus it was listed in numerous information resources as a good cold remedy.
This tea almost instantly moistened and reduced the inflammation in the hot, swollen tissues of my sinuses, while simultaneously tightening the tissues and stopping the leaky, drippy mucous. Half way through the first cup I realized I could actually breathe through my nose!!! And it wasn’t dripping! It also induced the most lovely relaxation, ahhhh. The relaxation was very similar to what I get when I drink Chamomile tea. This herb actually reminds me a lot of Chamomile.
Also soothes dry, itchy skin, gut inflammation, and musculoskeletal pain
Coincidentally, I also had a couple of other nagging issues that were relieved with the Linden Tea. I have been experiencing a tender tummy lately, and achy joints and muscles, probably due to some gut inflammation. This problem completely cleared up the day after drinking the Linden tea, and I awoke with absolutely no stomach pain and no musculoskeletal pain. I was astounded to feel so good after having spent months in some degree of pain.
I also had begun to develop extremely dry skin this winter, which was quite different from my usual oily skin type. I had a particularly nagging spot under my chin that itched and was extremely wrinkled. In fact, I was noticing a lot more wrinkles on my face in general. I had attributed the change to perimenopause and changing hormones. However, after drinking the Linden Tea, I noticed a distinct change in the softness of that patch on my chin, and it wasn’t itching. I was intrigued to say the least!
After doing some additional research on Linden, I decided to switch up the daily nourishing infusion I had been drinking to include some Linden, since it seemed to be so good for my current constitution. My latest infusion recipe includes a base of Oat Straw, with some Violet Leaf, Red Clover, and LINDEN! I have so far had one quart of this infusion over two days time, and that itchy patch on my chin has completely cleared up, my skin is softer and less dry (less wrinkles too!), and my body continues to be pain free. I have also slept easily and all through the night, when I had been averaging only 5 or 6 hours and waking frequently.
Had I had a fever, or more chest congestion with this cold, I think I may have mixed it with Yarrow and Mullien. As it was, I only seemed to need the Linden.
In my research, I learned that Linden is also considered a tonic for the heart – some consider it second only to Hawthorne. Additionally, there is quite a bit of spiritual lore related to this magnificent tree. Read more about the medicinal and spiritual properties of this herb from the links at the bottom of the article.
Some Personal Lore
When I was a child, my grandmother lived on Linden Street. In the front yard was a large Linden tree with low enough branches that I and my cousins could climb into it when we played all sorts of fun games, like hide-and-seek for one. Sometimes we played “house” and one branch would be the kitchen, and the other the living room; our bikes were our cars when we had to go to work. It made a fine place to sit with a book on a lazy afternoon, also.
There are Linden trees where I live now, too. I smell them every year when they bloom. This is the year I will spend time getting to know her better. And I need an Ogham stick from her wood! Lot’s more to learn, and I’m sure I will be writing about her often.