Queen's University Basswood

SPECIES: Tilia americana DIAMETER: 67.5 SPREAD: 99' ORIGINAL TREASURE TREE: Yes

Tree Location

Address:

1830 Queens Road
Charlotte, NC 28207

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Coordinates:

35.189577
-80.830681

 

History

The flowers of basswood have been used in remedies for colds, cough, fever, infections, inflammation, high blood pressure, headache (particularly migraine), as a diuretic (increases urine production), antispasmodic (reduces smooth muscle spasm along the digestive tract), and sedatives. The flowers were once added to baths to quell hysteria, and steeped as a tea to relieve anxiety-related indigestion, irregular heartbeat, and vomiting. The leaves were used to promote sweating to reduce fevers. The woodhas been used for liver and gallbladder disorders and cellulitis (inflammation of the skin and surrounding soft tissue). The charcoal of basswood was used to treat intestinal disorders and used topically to treat edema or infection, such as cellulitis or ulcers of the lower leg.

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