Linden honey is particularly appreciated for the beneficial and therapeutic properties that derive from the properties of the tree from which it originates, the wild lime tree that grows on the slopes of the Alps and northern Apennines and which originates in the Northern Hemisphere.
When we talk about lime, we are talking about thirty species of arboreal plants belonging to the Tiliacee family. These trees are widespread in Italy, especially in the northern area, and are characterized by a tall and robust trunk (from 25 to 40 meters), by thick foliage and by very fragrant yellow hermaphrodite flowers.
The wild lime has smaller leaves than those of our own species and is much more used than the second as an officinal plant, thanks to its numerous therapeutic properties. Its active compounds are used in herbal medicine and herbal medicine to treat anxious states, headaches, hysteria, agitation.
Flavonoids, contained in linden flowers, are important for their anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and astringent action. They are therefore used in medicine to treat flu syndromes, colds, migraines, hypertension and inflammations. They also have diuretic, anti-spasmodic and sedative properties. The leaves, on the other hand, promote sweating and are therefore used to lower body temperature in case of fever.
The trunk is also used of these trees. Linden wood can cure liver and gallbladder disorders, can combat cellulite and dermatological inflammations. A charcoal with particular healing properties is obtained from burnt lime wood: it treats intestinal disorders, infections, edema, cellulite and leg ulcers.
The linden is in bloom in the months of June and July. During this period, it emits an irresistible perfume for bees and produces a unique aroma nectar, abundantly used for the production of honey throughout the Alps.
CHARACTERISTICS, PROPERTIES AND USES OF LEMON HONEY
The aromatic linden nectar comes out savoring its honey even in those cases in which the concentration of linden is rather low at a possible organoleptic examination. The scent is so strong that it resembles that of mint and pine. The flavor is very intense, of medium sweetness, with a medicinal and nocino aftertaste. Mountain limes produce honeys with a more bitter aroma and fresher notes.
The coloring may vary according to the other essences contained in the honey, but above all according to the quantity of honeydew present. It can therefore be light and amber if purer and liquid or dark and reddish if richer in honeydew and crystallized.
Crystallization is not a sign of honey deterioration, but a natural process, a sign of the product's authenticity. To return the honey to its liquid state, it is sufficient to heat it to a temperature not exceeding 45 °, so that the vitamins, enzymes and its active ingredients are not lost.
To the normal balsamic, mucolytic, sedative and soothing properties of all types of honey, the linden honey it is particularly therapeutic for the human organism.
First of all, it is particularly indicated for the treatment of nervous and anxious states. It is ideal as a sweetener for tea, expectorant and calming infusions and herbal teas, especially if consumed before going to bed, promoting sleep. it is in fact particularly suitable for those suffering from insomnia and irritability. Be careful, however, not to add it to too hot drinks, if we do not want to lose its properties!
it is a natural anti-spasmodic and is able to quell menstrual pain.
The linden honey it can also be enjoyed at breakfast spread on a slice of bread. Its mentholated taste can help those suffering from halitosis not only because it is able to refresh the oral mucosa, but also because it acts on digestion (the main cause of halitosis), stimulating and regulating it.
It can also be used in the kitchen for tasty recipes, such as linden honey fritters, typical of the All Saints' Day, and Saracen linden cupcakes; inside fruit (pears or apples) cooked in the oven, or on some cheeses, such as gorgonzola and goat cheese.