Linden tree – called the ‘Nectar of kings’ and so highly praised in the old European folklore that the most important meetings were held under its canopy. This amazing tree, with its heart-shaped leaves and yellow flowers that spread their honey fragrance far and wide, offers a sweet and delicate tea, safe for kids and adults and full of benefits:
This tea may be the perfect way to end a stressful day. It is calming and relaxing, helping you to get some much needed rest, particularly when you are in need of an insomnia cure and something to soothe your nerves.
Linden Flowers are classed as a nervine and have a long history of use as a folk remedy for improving mental function, moods and sleep. One of the active ingredients in Linden is an essential oil called farnesol, a sedative which helps relax the cardiovascular system, which in turn helps to curb stress.
The sedative effects of linden flowers make them useful in treating nervous palpitations, anxiety and insomnia.
Linden herbal tea also eases headaches, in particular migraines. By calming the mind, it is great to drink when you’ve been pushing your brain hard with work or study.
The great thing about this herb is that it is safe for children, so they too can enjoy a cup of tea or a relaxing linden herb bath particularly when feeling irritable or restless.
Prevents Chronic Diseases
As with so many herbal remedies, the antioxidant content of linden is one of its best qualities. Antioxidant compounds like quercetin and kaempferol both act as free radical scavengers, eliminating harmful by-products of cellular respiration from your system and improving your overall health by preventing chronic diseases. These are particularly effective for protecting the skin against signs of aging and exposure to the sun as you age.
Detoxifies the Body
P-coumaric acid is another very beneficial organic compound found in linden, which can also be found in linden tea. It is a known diaphoretic, meaning that it induces sweating, which is a very effective way of releasing toxins from the body, along with excess salts, fat, water, and foreign substances. This quality also makes linden valuable for people suffering from fevers, as inducing sweating can help lower a fever faster and prevent permanent damage to organ systems.
Cold and Flu remedy
In addition to stimulating sweating to break a fever, linden also addresses other symptoms of cold and flu, such as inflamed or swollen membranes throughout the mouth and respiratory tracts. This can help to reduce coughing and irritation, which is why linden is often relied on to soothe sore throats and calm coughing. Linden tea can also help eliminate congestion, making itself a true triple-threat to colds by being a major immune system booster.
The Linden Flower is actually listed in the German Pharmacopoeia and is approved in the German Commission E monographs, where it is used in common cold and antitussive (cough remedy) preparations.
For those who suffer from tension, headaches, and other inflammatory conditions, including arthritis and gout, linden extract or tea can help eliminate those painful symptoms. Just as it reduces inflammation in the respiratory tracts, it also helps lower blood pressure as well as remove inflammation in the blood vessels, thereby preventing the small capillary back-ups that so commonly lead to headaches, as well as the swollen tissue of arthritis sufferers.
With its impressive arsenal of antioxidants, linden is a definite star for preventing various forms of cancer. Its antioxidant compounds, like quercetin and coumarin, prevent free radicals from causing apoptosis or mutation in healthy cells, which often lead to cancer.
If you’re suffering from an upset stomach, bloating, constipation, or cramping, sip on a cup of linden tea and settle your stomach in no time. The blend of compounds and chemicals found in linden can reduce gastrointestinal discomfort and stimulate the proper digestion and excretion of food.
Linden tea can be especially useful for “gastrocardiac syndrome”, a condition caused by excessive gas causing the stomach to push up and put pressure on the heart. The anti-spasmodic action of linden flowers works by relieving spasms in the intestinal tract.