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.
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.
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.
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 tincture 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 contender for preventing and treating 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
Studies show that 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.
If you live in Europe or North America, you have most likely come across this fast growing deciduous tree already, as it is native to the temperate climates of these regions and it is common to see the streets lined with this beautiful, fragrant tree.
Perhaps you just know it by a different name, such as basswood, lime tree, lime flower, or silver lime?
Of the various members of this genus, the Tilla Cordata boasts the strongest set of medicinal benefits, it grows throughout Western Asia and Europe and is commonly known as little-leaf linden.
Historically, linden infusions have been called the "nectar of kings" since ancient times due to their powerful health benefits. In fact, its medical history ranges from American Indians harnessing its sedative powers to Europeans in the middle ages using it as a daily health tonic. There are even rumors that the tea was used to keep soldiers calm during WWII.
In Greek mythology, "Philyra," a nymph, was transformed into a linden tree after begging the gods not to leave her among mortals.
In ancient Greece and Rome, the Linden tree was a symbol of friendship and tender faithful love. Many European peoples, especially those of Slavic origin, elevated this tree to a ritual tree that became an object of worship.
Up until the age of enlightenment, judicial meetings of the Germanic people were held under a Linden tree. Verdicts often came back sub tilia, meaning “under Linden.” It was a common belief that the tree helped unearth the truth in certain matters. Sitting under the Linden tree was also believed to cure epilepsy in some cultures.
These trees can grow up to 80 feet in length, making for impressive sight before delving into its blooms for a warm brew. The tree is also highly fragrant, with many saying that the scent appears long before the tree comes into view, filling our city streets with wonderful fragrance in the spring time. Young leaves are used in salads or to thicken soups or stews. Flowers are turned into cordials or wines and used in skin care products for their wonderful smell.
And, of course, leaves, bark and flowers are still brewed today as tea for their many health benefits. The unique mix of organic compounds has resulted in one of the most trusted and reliable herbal tea varieties on the market.
Preparation: Put a teaspoon of linden flower into a 200ml cup of boiled water. Cover it and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink a cup three times per day.
Precaution: Linden Flowers have generally been regarded as being safe. Avoid taking linden Flowers together with medications to increase blood pressure, as their effects could be decreased.
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