To half an ounce of lime-flowers pour one pint of boiling water; allow the tea to stand for about ten minutes, pour it into a cup, sweeten with honey, and drink it perfectly hot.
This tea, from its antispasmodic quantities, is a safe remedy in cases of indigestion, and is also beneficial when administered for hysteria.
I find that Tiliae flos are Linden flowers, not lime flowers.Lime flower tea since old times has been drunk in the case of fever and cold. It reduces irritability and inflammation in the mouth, throat and epipharynx and alleviates dry cough. It is drunk when you have a cold as it promotes sweating and removal of toxic substances from the body. Lime flower tea is a natural tea of pleasant taste curing cold.
The north American tilia (tilia Americana),found in temperate eastern North America, is known popularly as either linden or basswood. As regards the tea made from the flowers, it is definitely not a widely known product, although "linden tea" produces far more google hits than "basswood tea".Thank you very much,
I've never known how to translate this infusion into English properly. As you can see it depends on the country, what you call the tree, whether people are familiar with it or not, and even on what translators of Proust decided what the best translation was. In Spain it is called TILA and everybody knows what it is; you can ask for one anywhere.