COMMON NAME Standardized: linden flowerOther: European linden, European lime tree, tilia
BOTANICAL NAMETilia europaea L. Plant Family: Tiliaceae
OVERVIEWThe Linden flower tree is found in both Europe and North America. There are many folktales concerning linden across Europe. One of the most radical is of Celtic origin that states that if you sit under the linden flower tree you will be cured of epilepsy. In Roman and German folklore, the linden tree is seen as the "tree of lovers", and Polish folklore tells that the wood is good protection against both the evil eye and lightning. Linden blossom have been used to make a variety of items including herbal teas and a base for perfumes, as well as being known for producing tiny aromatic flowers that attract many bees that in turn produce a wonderful honey.
CONSTITUENTS About 1% antioxidant flavonoids including hyperoside, quercitrin, myricetin galactoside, kaempferol, kaempferol glycosides including astragalin and its 6-p-coumaric acid ester tiliroside), myricetin and quercetin glycosides. Linden flowers also contain approximately 10% mucilage largely comprised of arabino-galactans; proanthocyanidins; caffeic, chlorogenic and p-coumaric acids, eugenol, and geraniol.
PARTS USED Linden Flower and Leaf
HEALTH BENEFITS OF LINDEN FLOWERS
Linden flowers are rich in bioactive substances, among which the most important are flavonoids, mucilage and essential oil. They show many positive properties:
They work diagonally and support the body's natural defenses
Active substances contained in linden flowers, primarily flavonoids and mucilage, increase sweat secretion, which is why linden is used most often in light colds and at the first symptoms of flu. Not only the infusion works, but also the bath with the addition of linden flowers. In addition, linden infusions help reduce nasal congestion and alleviate a runny nose. Mucous substances are expectorant and protect the respiratory tract, therefore they help reduce throat irritation and bring relief from coughing.
- The infusion of linden flowers, due to the essential oil contained in them, has a sedative effect, in other words it has a soothing effect on the nervous system and facilitates falling asleep. Works on both adults and children. Lime infusions should be used in conditions of elevated tension and stress.
- Positively affect the functioning of the digestive system
The components of linden flowers support digestive processes by stimulating the secretion of gastric, pancreatic and intestinal juice. They also increase the influx of bile into the duodenum. This is especially helpful in digestive ailments such as heartburn, flatulence, and excessive fullness after a meal. In addition, the mucus present in linden covers the inner wall of the digestive tract, which helps protect it and soothes irritations.
- Help reduce eye and skin irritation
An infusion of linden prepared in the form of a compress helps to alleviate conjunctivitis and swelling around the eyes. Washing the face with an infusion helps reduce skin irritation.
WHEN TO USE LINDEN FLOWERS
- first signs of a cold and flu
- persistent runny nose and cough
- stress, irritability, nervous tension
- problems with sleeping
- digestive problems
- eye and skin irritation
LINDEN FLOWER DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE
1-2 teaspoons of flowers pour a glass of boiling water, cover and let stand for 15 minutes. You can drink in any quantities. For external use, it is worth preparing a stronger infusion, e.g. from 1-2 tablespoons and brewing it a little longer.
- Hypersensitivity to linden.
- Linden tea is safe for pregnant and lactating women.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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