Linden tea has been known since archaic days. Native Americans used linden flowers for treating ‘sick headaches’ and nervous stomach. They were also well aware of the diuretic, diaphoretic, antispasmodic and sedative properties of the flowers and herbs of the linden tree.
The linden is a medium-sized deciduous tree that usually reaches a height of 60 to 120 feet. Commonly found in North America and Europe, the linden tree has large, deep roots and smooth, reddish twigs. It has gray-colored bark and simple leaves. The flowers are pleasant-smelling and are of a yellowish-white hue. It has a cream-colored, round nutlet for its fruit.
The active constituents of the linden leaves and flowers are mucilages, tannins, volatile oils, and antioxidant flavonoids.
Linden tea can be made by infusing about a handful of flowers and leaves in a 250 ml cup of hot water. Let the mix stand for about 5 to 7 minutes.
Linden tea is a pleasant-tasting drink but should not be used for long periods of time as excessive amounts may cause damage to the heart. The tea should also not be taken within 2 hours of taking vitamins or supplements as the mucilages in the tea may interfere with the body’s absorption of minerals from the vitamins.
The following are some health benefits attributed to this tea:
- May help stop headaches.
- May help combat indigestion and diarrhea.
- May help relieve tension and anxiety, calm restlessness and sedate the nerves.
- May have some beneficial effects for those suffering from high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, palpitations and heart diseases.
- May help induce perspiration and sweating.
- May help alleviate fevers, colds and cough.
- May help relieve sore throat and colitis.
- May help induce urination to clear toxins from the body.