Kaffir Lime Leaf (Tilea europaea)
The lime tree (also known as linden and kaffir lime leaf) is one of approximately thirty species of ornamental trees native to the Northern Hemisphere; it is a natural hybrid between two varieties. This spreading tree has dark and shiny, heart-shaped leaves with yellow to white flowers. These appear in midsummer.
Lime flowers or linden flowers are collected from various species; we use Tilia europea, the common lime. Flowers are picked in summer and dried for infusions, liquid extracts and tinctures.
Teas and decoctions of lime tree flowers have been used in folk medicine for indigestion and to treat colds, migraines, stress, panic and nervous tension. Lime tree flower decoction inhibits bacterial growth in our fresh face masks.
Listed in the German Pharmacopoeia, the lime tree flower contains flavonoids and other phytochemicals, which may be behind the medical properties attributed to the plant.
Linden flowers and leaves are mucilaginous, which makes them soothing when applied topically. The plant is also a natural astringent (which means it checks bleeding and constricts tissues).
The astringent, soothing properties of lime tree flowers benefit the skin in soap formulations.