Linden Tea

Linden tea, having a pleasing aroma and a sweet delicious taste, is an herbal drink prepared from the dried flowers of the linden tree (also called Tilia, lime, and basswood) found in large parts of Europe. The therapeutic properties of this tea come from the flavonoids, mucilage, and volatile oils found in the flowers.

Linden Tea

History and origin

For centuries, linden has been used as a natural remedy in folk medicine, specifically in Europe. Since the Medieval Ages, the infusion has been taken as a medication for stimulating sweating. Apart from treating digestive disorders and headaches, it was used for relaxing the nervous system during stress. A popular belief in ancient times was that people with epilepsy could be treated by sitting under a linden tree.

Linden Tea

Linden Tea

Linden tea benefits: what is it good for

Reduces cough and cold

Since it is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, its intake is useful for strengthening the immune system. Those suffering from cough, common cold, and flu can have it regularly to alleviate the symptoms. It can also have a soothing effect on sore throat that is common in cold and flu.

Flushes out toxins

The diaphoretic properties in linden blossom tea can promote sweating, helping in controlling body temperature during fever. By inducing perspiration, it aids in removing the toxic substances that are found in the fat cells under the skin.

Linden Tea Images

Linden Tea Images

Relieves anxiety

According to animal studies, the volatile oil compounds including limonene, eugenol, citronellol, citronellal, and citral found in linden can effectively reduce migraines and sinus headaches associated with anxiety. The decoction with its sedative properties helps to reduce panic disorders, also promoting sleep.

Research studies have shown that its intake may also aid in reducing high blood pressure caused by nervousness and stress.

Linden Tea Pictures

Linden Tea Pictures

Linden Plant

Linden Plant

Suppresses muscle cramps

Its consumption helps in relieving muscular tension, allowing the stiff and rigid muscles to relax. The antispasmodic effect is due to the presence of flavonoids and p-coumaric acids in the flower.

As a diuretic

Its intake promotes urination that is beneficial for the removal of excess fluid. It helps the kidneys to function properly, keeping away problems like incontinence and urinary infections.

Linden Flower

Linden Flower

Other uses

Good for hair

Linden flowers can be mixed with bathing water to make an herbal hair rinse that promotes circulation of blood in the scalp, preventing thinning of hair.

How to make linden tea

  • Add a teaspoon of dried linden flowers to a teapot with one or two cups of boiling water
  • Allow it to infuse for 10 minutes
  • Strain the brew
  • Sweeten the beverage with sugar or honey
Pictures of Linden Tea

Pictures of Linden Tea

Safety and precaution

Side effects

It is safe for consumption, but may cause irritations and itching in those with skin disorders. People with heart diseases are advised not to take this tea without consulting their doctor.

During pregnancy

Its intake should be avoided by expectant and nursing mothers to stay safe, as not much clinical data has supported its use in pregnant and lactating women.

Where to buy

Caffeine-free linden tea, either as dried flowers or as a blend of flowers and leaves contained in tea bags, is sold in local tea shops as well as online tea stores.

Article was last reviewed on 3rd November 2017

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