This section is from the book "An Experimental History Of The Materia Medica", by William Lewis.
Tilia femina folio majore C. B. Tilia eu-ropa Linn, Lime or Linden: a tall spreading-branched tree, with large heart-shaped, serrated, soft, somewhat hairy leaves: in the bosoms of these rife long narrow leafy productions, from the middle rib of which issue one or three pedicles bearing three flowers apiece, or one pedicle bearing nine: the flower is whitish, pentapeta-lous, and followed by a kind of dry berry about the size of a filberd. It is a native of England, flowers in July, and begins to lose its leaves in August.
The flowers of the lime-tree are supposed to have an anodyne and antispasmodic virtue: Hoffman seems to entertain a great opinion of them in these intentions, and as his theory deduces most diseases from spasms and spasmodic strictures, they are accordingly very frequent in his prescriptions: he says he knew a chronical epilepsy cured by the use of an infusion of them drank as tea. The fresh flowers have a moderately strong smell, in which their virtue (whatever it may be) seems to consist, and which in keeping is soon dissipated: when diverted of this odorous principle, they discover to the taste only a strong mucilage, from which may be extracted, by rectified spirit, a slightly bitterish subastringent matter.