Linden (or Limeflower, Tilden)
Tea, lotions, baths,
Antiviral, antibiotic, sedative, decongestant, diuretic, febrifuge (reduces fever)
Stomach aches, tonic, anxiety, restless leg syndrome, migraine, insomnia, bronchitis, asthma, sore throats, coughs, nasal congestion, stomach ulcers, rheumatism, gout, feverish colds, infections, nervous palpitations, high blood pressure, itchy skin, neurological conditions, supporting immunity
Not recommended that people with heart disease or on medication for heart disease. Do not use for more than a few weeks (see precautions below).
Tilia is a genus of about 30 species of trees, or bushes, native throughout most of the temperate Northern Hemisphere. Lime flower tea is made from the dried flowers that are mildly sweet and sticky.
This all-round tea serves to soothe the stomach and nerves and refresh the mind. As a sedative, linden can be used for anxiety, restless leg syndrome, and tense headaches – including migraine, and insomnia. It is also used for the alleviation of symptoms related to the respiratory tract including bronchitis, asthma, sore throat coughs, and nasal congestion. It has been used to treat digestive tract conditions including stomach ulcers. Its ability to reduce fever (febrifuge) makes it useful for the treatment of rheumatism and gout, where it helps to eliminate hormones and a build-up of uric acid from the body. Linden has been used to induce sweating for feverish colds and infections, reduce, and relieve throat irritation and cough. Linden has sedative effects and has been used as a carminative and to treat nervous palpitations neurological issues and stress related high blood pressure. It has also been used in lotions for itchy skin.
Like lemon verbena, linden can be used as an infusion in a bath. Linden’s mild antiviral and antibiotic quality make it useful in maintaining a healthy immune system.
It is recommended that people with heart disease and those taking medication for heart disease do not use this herb. However, Linden tea is otherwise considered a safe and natural herbal remedy for everyone, including children; though it’s wise not to use for more than a period of two weeks for children and three for adults.