This beautiful Christmas tree sits amongst coppiced Lime trees (Linden ) just outside the back of the Houses Of Parliament. Coppicing is a centuries-old practice of reducing the tops of certain trees. I suspect these were chosen for their summer shade leaves which become larger and more heart-shaped if coppiced, just perfect for this seated area in a hot summer.
Lime tree flowers (Tilia europea) make a very calming tea, useful at any time of year. Around food celebration times they’re helpful for the metabolism of fat cells. But more generally these blossoms and top leaves are traditionally used to help sleep and calm, being highly sedative.
A common herbal tea in France but available here too, buy tea bags or loose tea.
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