Linden has long been used by herbalists for it's cooling nature, it's ability to strengthen the heart (both physically and emotionally), as well as it's gentle soothing effect on the nervous system. If you're lucky, you might find linden trees where you live. Here in Long Beach, you'd think linden trees would grow on Linden Ave -- but it's just too hot! Dried linden should be fairly accessible at your local specialty market, so if you can find some, I highly recommend this tea! It's the perfect drink for a hot summer day.
Update: Read more here on how to use linden medicinally,
as well as how to process fresh linden blossoms.
Linden and Kaffir Lime Iced Tea
- 4 tsp. linden leaf and flowers
- 2 tsp. lemon verbena
- 3-4 kaffir lime leaves
- sugar, and
Make the kaffir lime syrup:
- In a saucepan, combine 1/3 c of sugar with 1/3 c of water.
- Boil until sugar is dissolved.
- Add kaffir lime leaves, and simmer until mixture is fragrant.
Make the tea:
- Combine linden and lemon verbena, plus one cup of boiling water.
- Cover and steep 5 minutes.
- Stir in 2-3 teaspoons of kaffir lime syrup (more or less, to taste).
- Add 1 cup of cold water, plus ice to chill.
- Serve in chilled glasses, and enjoy!