Linden is a good friend of mine. Growing up in Phoenix, we didn’t have linden trees; it’s too hot for anything but the hardiest plant to survive. Once I moved north to Colorado, I noticed these beautifully majestic, very tall trees that had the most captivating scent when they bloomed. They line the streets of old neighborhoods, especially surrounding hospitals and manufacturing plants.
It turns out, our wonderful linden, with her beautifully fragrant flowers, was planted in these neighborhoods because, in the summer, before there was indoor climate control, the fragrance from the trees would obscure the smell of decay and pollution that occurred as the spring started to warm into summer.
Linden flowers not only smell amazing, and help mask unpleasant odors, they also help uplift the mind and calm the spirit. You will see, in this issue, authors from different backgrounds, locales, and preferences all wax poetic about the calming and stress relieving impact of linden. They talk about the beautiful, sweet, mild, citrus-like flavor and how it just helps put them at ease.
Indeed, linden is a favorite plant friend, and is used often to help calm the mind and spirit, while revitalizing the body at the same time. It works in a way that helps ease the soul, and open up space for new wonderful things to occur.