While traveling in France this past summer I discovered the enchantingly sweet, honey-like aroma of Linden Blossoms. When first encountering this delightfully complex, all-encompassing scent, it is easy to understand why the olfactory properties of these trees have long been prized and coveted by perfumists.
Commonly referred to as the “Lime Tree” in Europe, the Linden is not closely related to the citrus fruit of the same name. The tree has a long history of medicinal use. In the eighteenth century, Sauer’s Herbal Cures, the most influential manual of herbal medicine at the time, noted that a distillation of Linden Blossoms was widely recommended as a treatment for convulsions, dizziness, and other cold distempers of the head, along with colic, blisters in the throat, and facial skin conditions.
Today the Linden Blossom CO2 total is valued for the following properties and applications:
A CO2 total can be initially challenging to work with with but well worth the effort. A total contains essential oils as well as plant waxes. The consistency is waxy when cool. To soften the wax to a liquid consistency, heat over low heat until melted.
Totals will dilute in carriers and will stay diluted. For optimal results, it may be necessary to warm the carrier oil (usually 30-35 C, 85-95 F), and after pouring the warmed total extract (50 – 55 C, 122 – 131 F), mix gently and leave at room temperature for a few days.
How to measure: The best way to be consistent when adding a solid CO2 to your blends is to measure drops by weight.
10 % = 2.8 grams (in 1 oz)
5 % = 1.4 grams (in 1 oz)
Calming and Peace restoring Massage Blend:
Warm 1 -4 ounces of Jojoba oil (or other favorite oil) to 30-35 C, 85-95 F. Add 1.4 grams of melted Linden Blossom CO2 extract. Mix together, heating gently as needed.
Soothing Menstrual Comfort
1.5 gms Linden Blossom CO2 Total Extract (Tilia Cordata)
5 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
5 drops Clary Sage (Salvia Scleria)
5 drops Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia)
5 drops Cape Chamomile (Eriocephalus punctulatus)
Warm the Linden Blossom CO2 Total extract until it becomes a liquid. Add oils to a 1 oz warmed carrier such as Jojoba and massage on abdomen and back area.
Safety: Might contribute to lowering blood pressure. Use with care if hypotension exists.
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Weaver, William Woys. 2001. Sauer’s herbal cures: America’s first book of botanic healing, 1762-1778. New York: Routledge.
Willmont, Dennis. 2003. Aromatherapy with Chinese medicine. Marshfield, MA: Willmountain Press.