June and July are the best time to pick and put away till winter linden tree flowers famous for its therapeutic properties. Linden tree starts blossoming in June spreading around wonderful delicate scent. It is covered with small yellowish-white color flowers. Linden flowers have anti-thermal, emollient and expectorant action and therefore are used for making tea treating colds and influenza. The tea stimulates abundant perspiration, decreasing body temperature.
Collection of linden tree flowers.
Linden tree flowers should be picked when most of them already blossom, but some are still in buds. This usually happens between mid-June and mid-July. The collection should not be done on a rainy day. Once flowers are picked, they need to be dried in a dark place with good air flow. Simple conventional oven heated to 100-110F (40-45C) could be a good place for drying linden blossoms. Dry blossoms should be stored in a paper bag, linen bag or ceramic pot placed in a dark place away from rays of the sun. Plastic or glass containers will make linden blossoms to lose their medicinal properties and potency.
Note: Even without any sweetener taste of linden blossoms tea feels like honey tea. Its color could vary from red to bronze, depending on how strong linden flowers infusion is.
Linden blossoms tea is prepared as follows:
- dried linden flowers
- honey to serve
Dry blossoms should be placed into porcelain or ceramic teapot and poured over with almost boiling water (200F/100C). The teapot should be wrapped with a towel and placed to wait for 15-20 min.
Once ready, linden blossoms tea can be sweetened with honey or sugar or can be mixed with regular black tea.
Note: If you have not drunk your tea while it was hot, do not flush it into the sink. Freeze it into ice cubes and use them to wipe your face and neck – this will give nice silky feeling to your skin and eliminate spider-web wrinkles.
Recently I came across TeaVivre tea company with a unique collection of green & white teas from China. If you have a minute visit their site, they also have gorgeous class tea sets.
Rosa's Yummy YumsJune 27, 2014 at 3:51 pm
Wonderful pictures and tea! I'd love to sit in your garden.
HEAVEN CAN WAITJune 27, 2014 at 4:14 pm
As always, amazing photography, Yelena! I like linden tea and forage it whenever I can. Thank you for sharing the tips about gathering of linden flowers. Very useful.
With warm summer greetings – Dominique
CaliZonaJune 27, 2014 at 10:19 pm
Your pictures are beautiful! I was wondering if you wouldn't mind pinning one or more of the tall photos instead of the side by side one because its short. On the food photographer blogger board. Thank you so much : )
Lydia JedigJune 28, 2014 at 7:16 am
Как у вас хорошо!
Все особенно понравилось второе фото.
La Table De NanaJune 28, 2014 at 10:30 am
This is a lovely lovely post!
I am familiar with the TV teas and have some here:)
AnonymousJune 28, 2014 at 7:27 pm
Drop dead gorgeous images as usual and a most interesting recipe. We have linden trees here in Tasmania and I did read about their health benefits when wondering whether or not to grow any here on Serendipity Farm. I might just have to plant a couple now 🙂 Cheers for the wonderful photos and the equally wonderful recipe Yelena 🙂
Angie SchneiderJune 30, 2014 at 4:01 am
You have a beautiful garden and I would love to join you for the tea!
Have a wonderful week ahead!
MedejaJune 30, 2014 at 9:29 am
Linden flower tea.. Omg how I miss it 🙂 You pictures are so romantic.. 🙂
Shibi ThomasJune 30, 2014 at 4:37 pm
Beautiful snaps Yelena!!
Manderley de GuindillayCanelaJuly 1, 2014 at 6:49 am
It's wonderful de photo session, I love it!