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Essential Oil of the Month: Linden Blossom

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Linden Blossom (Tilia x Vulgaris) has a long history of use in Europe as a relaxing tea

Linden Blossom (Tilia x Vulgaris) has a long history of use in Europe as a relaxing tea. This tea benefits conditions often related to stress, such as indigestion, palpitations, nausea and hysteria. As an essential oil, linden blossom is less well-known, especially in North America. It is an absolute, and should be diluted slightly with jojoba oil (a natural liquid wax) for use in aromatherapy. It is a fairly safe oil for everyone.

Linden's scent is sweet and floral, and lightly herbaceous. It is a very positive and uplifting oil, although some might find it a bit "heady." Linden makes an excellent perfume, either on its own (diluted in jojoba) or in a blend. In fact, linden blossom is sometimes used in high-quality perfumes. Unfortunately, this oil is frequently subject to adulteration.

In a word, linden blossom is calming, for both mind and body. Linden is also an excellent choice for skin conditions, especially those related to stress. Acne, eczema, psoriasis and generally irritated and inflamed skin all respond well to blends with linden. Mature and dry skin benefit too. If you're feeling stressed or a little overwhelmed by life, linden blossom is an excellent choice to regain your perspective.

References:

  1. Lawless, Julia. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils. Element Books, Inc, 1995.
  2. Stromkins, Jennine. The Autonomic Nervous System and Aromatherapy. International Essential Oil Corporation, 1998.
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