Our Head Beekeeper Paula Carnell is a firm believer that when we are better connected with our land, it can better provide what we need. Here at The Newt, the trees are currently producing plenty of soporific lime blossom – loved by bees and known to induce sleep and relaxation. Telling us to slow down and rest; to have our own Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Also known as linden flowers, lime flowers have long been used in European Traditional Medicine – mostly as a gently nourishing tea, referred to since ancient times as the “nectar of kings”. Found in most woodlands, this delicate, sweet-scented flower is in bloom now and offers a wide range of health benefits.

Rich in antioxidant flavonoids and anti-inflammatory compounds, one of the main uses of the flower has been treating colds and flu; but another active ingredient, an essential oil called farnesol, has a sedative effect that relaxes the cardiovascular system, in turn helping with stress. 

Lime flower tea has been used for centuries as a folk remedy to treat anxiety and sleep disorders; even being sipped by World War II soldiers to bring a sense of calm. Paula has shared her tips and recipe below for how to prepare this healing brew:

  • Pick the blossoms just as they are open. 
  • It is preferable to dry them for a few days in a cardboard box, or even hang them up in the airing cupboard. 
  • Try mixing with elderflower blossom for a pleasing taste; this also improves the benefits for treating common colds and fevers.
  • To make the tea, take the blossoms and leaves and place in a teapot. Add water just off the boil and steep, covered, for 10 minutes before pouring.
  • Not a tea drinker? You can also add the prepared tea to your bath to soak in the soothing blossoms.