Linden flower benefits: Linden are majestic trees that live for several centuries and seem to invite us to live a peaceful and quiet life like theirs. In Central and northern European countries, the linden symbolizes the family and homelife. The use of popular lime tea (an infusion made of linden tree flowers) as a sedative has its roots during the Renaissance and is currently one of the most commonly used herbal remedies.
Linden Flower Benefits: Preparation and Dosage
- Infusion of flowers: (lime tea). 20-40 g per liter of water. Drink three or four hot cups daily, one before bedtime. Lime tea may be sweetened with honey.
- Bark decoction: 30 g per liter of water, boil for 10 or 15 minutes. It may be mixed with lime tea to obtain a more pleasing effect.
- Fluid extract: The dose usually varies from 20-40 drops, three times a day, with the fourth intake at night before bedtime.
- Linden flower baths: Prepare them with 300-500 g of flowers infused with 1-2 liters of water, added to the bathtub’s water immediately before washing.
- Compresses: Whether for skin diseases or only for beauty, soak compresses in an infusion of 100 g of linden flowers per liter of water, changing the compresses every five minutes. Apply daily two or three times.
- Synonyms: Lime tree
- French: Tilleul, til, tillet
- Spanish: Tilo, tila, tejo
- Habitat: Linden grows in the mountainous regions of Europe, the Caucasus region, and Corsica, and is wild and farmed. Other varieties grow in America.
- Description: Deciduous, highly branched tree grows to a height of 20 m, and belongs to the Tiliaceae family. Linden leaves are serrated, heart-shaped, and somewhat asymmetrical. Its flowers are milky or yellowish, with a pleasant scent.
- Parts used: Young flowers and the bark.
Linden Flower Benefits: Medicinal Properties and Indications
Linden tree flowers contain an aromatic essence rich in magnesium, sedative, antispasmodic, and vasodilating properties. Also, linden flower benefits result from mucilages and small amounts of tannins, emollient, anti-inflammatory actions, and flavonoid glycosides, with diuretic and sudorific properties.
The linden tree’s bark contains polyphenols and coumarin, whose properties are choleretic (augment the secretion of bile), antispasmodic (especially active on the gall bladder), high blood pressure, and vasodilator of coronary arteries.
Different Linden Trees
Linden flower benefits are diverse; however, they are due to the plant’s sedative and relaxing effects. Here are some health issues that can be remedied with the use of linden:
- Linden flower benefits (1) Insomnia: Linden tea is very effective against insomnia, producing natural sleep. Unlike most synthetic narcotics and relaxant substances, linden tea does not cause drowsiness the morning after, nor does it cause addiction. However, being a gentle, non-aggressive treatment, linden tea acts slowly, and its effects may take several days to manifest themselves.
Warm water baths to which linden flowers are added have remarkable tranquilizing and relaxing properties, besides boosting the effects of linden tea taken orally. In the case of persistent insomnia, their results are excellent.
- Linden flower benefits (2) Nervous children, insomnia in children: Pediatricians also recommend linden tea because it has no understandable side effects. It is ideal for hyperactive or irritable children, but it must be administered for several days or weeks to render its action.
- Linden flower benefits (3) Respiratory dysfunctions: The mucilaginous substances with emollient action and the antispasmodic properties of the linden flower make it recommended for bronchial catarrhs, bronchitis, asthma, influenza, and persistent cough in children. Some bark may be added for a more intense effect.
- Linden flower benefits (4) Heart and circulatory dysfunctions: Linden flowers and bark have vasodilating and extreme hypotensive effects. They act primarily on the coronary arteries and are recommended in the case of angina pectoris and arrhythmia, which usually affects nervous or stressed persons, who will get double results. As discovered lately, linden flower and bark reduce the viscosity of the blood, allowing it to circulate more efficiently. Hence, it favors the prevention of heart attacks and thrombosis.
People suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease, and predisposed to heart attacks, arteriosclerosis, and circulatory dysfunctions should take particular advantage of linden flower and bark consumption.
- Linden flower benefits (5) Migraine: Linden (especially the bark) is useful in treating migraine headaches (acute headaches caused by arterial spasms), which can be tricky when treated with chemical therapy. The action of linden is preventive; thus, it must be taken consistently and not only when the attack comes.
- Linden flower benefits (6) Digestive afflictions: Due to its choleretic and antispasmodic actions on the gall bladder, linden, especially its flowers, is ideal for those suffering from gall stones or gall bladder dysfunction. It eases the expulsion of stones from the gall bladder and the so-called bile mud (sand in bile), besides aiding improved digestion in biliary dyspepsia, fat intolerance, flatulence, or abdominal distention after meals.
- Linden flower benefits (7) Skin afflictions: Linden tea produces an observable emollient (anti-inflammatory and soothing) action on the skin in external applications. It is recommended for burns, eczema, furuncles, and diverse irritations.
- Linden flower benefits (8) Beauty and cosmetics: It is beneficial in the fight against the effects of the wind, sun, and the cold on the skin (dry skin, sunburn). Its cosmetic application is to soothe and improve the appearance of the skin. Steam baths with linden open up pores and cleanse the skin.
Linden flowers are grouped in clusters, that is, groups of flowers with a common peduncle. They are, along with bark, the most appreciated medicinal part of linden trees. The healing action of linden comprises the nervous system, breathing, heart, circulatory and digestive systems, and the skin.
There are several linden species world-wide. All of them, except the last we mention, have the same medicinal properties.
- Common linden: Also called white linden (Tillia Platyphylos Scopoli)
- Small-leafed linden: Blooms two or three weeks before the common variety (Tilia cordata Miller)
- European linden: Is the result of cross-pollination between the former varieties and is the most often used in herbal remedies (Tilia Europea L.)
- American linden: (Tilia Amricana L.)
- Silver linden: An ornamental tree whose leaves are white on the underside and is not used for herbal remedies (Tilia tomentosa Moench. = Tilia argentea D. C.)
Steam baths are an excellent way to take advantage of linden flower benefits. A linden steam bath is beneficial for treating facial issues. Boil water in a container, remove from heat, and add a handful of linden flowers. You can apply the steam directly to your face. Use this steam bath treatment for two baths daily.
George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. vols. 1 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 169,170,171. Print. [Linden flower benefits]