Linden Blossom Essential Oil (Tilia Vulgaris)
Botanical Name: Tilia vulgaris
Common Method of Extraction: Solvent Extracted
Part Typically Used: Flowers
Color: Yellow brown to yellow, deep coffee brown
Perfumery Note: Middle
Strength of Initial Aroma: Sweet, deep and slightly spicy, rather long lasting, warm, floral, honey – like, with a slight citrus-like note.
This is an extremely thick, almost solid extract.
Lime Blossom or Linden Blossom is particularly popular in France. Its essential oil is actually an absolute, which means that the oil is extracted by adding a solvent.
Although Linden Blossom grows widely and is used as herb, the essential oil is hard to come by. It is cultivated limitedly and mostly in France.
The genus is generally called Lime or Linden in Britain and Linden, Lime, or Basswood in North America.
Latin Tilia is cognate to Greek Ptelea, “Elm Tree“, Tiliai “Black Poplar“, ultimately from a Proto – Indo – European word Ptel – eiÌ¯Ä with a meaning of “Broad” (feminine), perhaps “Broad – Leaved” or similar.
Linden is one of the most important trees in European, Eastern Asian and North American forests. It grows mostly in mixed forests with other deciduous and evergreen trees. In Europe there are a lot of places named after Linden tree.
The Linden tree is a medium sized tree with dark green heart – shaped leaves, with blue – green undersides. Tilia species are mostly large, deciduous trees, reaching typically 20 – 40 metres tall, with oblique-cordate leaves 6 – 20 centimetres across. As with elms, the exact number of species is uncertain, as many if not most of the species will hybridise readily, both in the wild and in cultivation.
Limes are hermaphroditic, having perfect flowers with both male and female parts, pollinated by insects.
The tree has fragrant yellow – white flowers, followed by round green fruits. The flowers are an aromatic, mucilaginous herb with diuretic, expectorant and calming properties.
No other tree features as prominently in popular poetry, songs and literature as the Linden. The Linden was also a highly symbolic and hallowed tree to the Germanic people in their native pre – Christian mythology.
Naturally, this motherly tree is also protective against witches, devils and other evil spirits.
Linden is a Mother of a Tree – everything about her is feminine, nurturing, loving and caring as only mothers can be. She spreads her branches protectively like and arboreal embrace.In Norse and Germanic mythology she is sacred to Freya or Frigga, Goddesses of Love and in the hearts and minds of the people she was perhaps the most beloved of all trees.
Linden trees were especially honoured in Slavic countries, but also in France and Germany, where just about every village had a central Linden tree that served as the social and cultural focal point of village life.
The outpouring of nectar from her flowers provides a feast for gazillions of bees and epitomizes her generous, providing nature. Bees, of course, are sacred to the Great Mother Goddess and the honey they produce is nectar for the Gods.
In Greek mythology Homer, Horace, Virgil, and Pliny mention the Linden tree and its virtues. As Ovid tells the old story of Baucis and Philemon, she was changed into a Linden and he into an Oak when the time came for them both to die.
According to a folklore, the Linden tree was blessed with all these virtues by Mary, mother of Jesus. One day Jesus was wandering the earth feeling tired and ill. He lay down to rest under a Linden tree and fell asleep. Protectively the Linden tree spread her branches over the sick man. Some time later Mary, who had followed him, came by and found her son under the tree. Alas, when he woke up he was cured and restored. Mary, grateful to the tree for having so lovingly cared for her son, blessed it with healing and protective virtues, of which it has given generously ever since.
SPIRITUAL PRACTISES DATA
Linden is the essence of love and compassion, the Green Tara of Trees.
It can be used to meditate on the Motherenergy and to celebrate the mother aspect of the Great Goddess. It represents love in action, compassion and caring.
It can be used to meditate on spiritual and transcendental love and to open the Heart Chakra. Its protective and healing energy is well suited to any healing ritual.
Linden protects against demons that torture the mind with anguish and fear.