The flowers I gathered yesterday are drying. I’ll go out to gather more today because these lovely flowers are fleeting, in bloom for only about a week! It took me a few hours to gather a modest amount, but in that time, three strangers came up to speak, curious about what I was doing. One of these people I ended up chatting with for a long time, and invited to an event (not mine) tonight that she’s going to join me at. She, a black British woman living in the neighboring town, and I, a brown South Asian from America but living in this city, connected over not really fitting in to the physical communities we live in...largely because of the pervasive reserve and guardedness of the dominant culture. .
Is herb gathering in public spaces the new dog-walking? Or is it that sometimes the medicine of a plant manifests in unexpected ways, far removed from the list you find in herbalism books. That info (below) is useful, but plants have a lot more to them than their biochemistry. Either way, I love the gifts that Tilia has given me already-hours in the company of bees, chats with strangers, the aroma of summer... 🌳
In Ayurveda, summer is the season of the fire (pitta) element, not surprisingly, so many of the plants of this season have cooling and calming qualities. The flowers of Tilia, also known as Lime and Linden, relieve nervous tension, high blood pressure, irritability, inflammatory skin problems (used externally), fever, muscle tension, nervous indigestion, muscle tension, catarrhal congestion, headaches, and insomnia. It is recommended to consume away from food and mineral supplements to avoid impairing iron absorption. (from Dispensing with Tradition by Ann McIntyre & Michelle Boudin)
Of course, plants are complex, as are we, and the effect of a plant in us depends on our own individual general make-up, what our current state is, and so much more. The best way to get to know a plant is to experience it in different ways over a period of time - observing, smelling, tasting (where safe), drawing, burning as incense...so many ways to get to know them.
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