Ozark Encyclopedia – B – Basswood

Basswood, Linden – Tilia americana

Parts used: root, bark, leaf

Traditional uses: Bark from tree struck by lightning chewed and spit on snakebite. Bark beaten then used in cold infusion for snakebite. Inner bark used as infusion for dysentery. Decoction of bark mixed with cornmeal and used as poultice for boils. Compound decoction of leaves applied as poultice to burns or scalds. Compound infusion of twigs and roots taken as a panacea.

For a cold in the head – “…a tea made of linn or basswood flowers is better for a cold in the head.” ~Randolph OMF 93

Moerman, Daniel E. Native American Ethnobotany (NAE)

Randolph, Vance Ozark Magic and Folklore (OMF)

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