What is linden good for?
Overview. Linden is a tree. The dried flower, leaves, and wood are used for medicine. Linden leaf is used for colds, stuffy nose, sore throat, breathing problems (bronchitis), headaches, fever, and to make it easier to bring up phlegm by coughing (as an expectorant).
Does linden tea have side effects?
When taken by mouth: Linden is LIKELY SAFE for most people when the leaf is used in food amounts. Linden might cause allergies in some people when taken by mouth. Frequent use of linden tea has been linked with heart damage, but this seems to be rare.
Is Linden tea bad for heart?
Linden flower teas have generally been regarded as being safe. Damage to heart muscle has rarely been recorded, and this only after excessive and prolonged usage in susceptible individuals. Nonetheless, patients with heart problems should not use this herb in large amounts or during prolonged periods of time.
Linden is considered safe at the recommended dosage. There have been rare reports of hives or other allergic skin reactions (called contact dermatitis) from touching the lime tree. Frequent use of linden has been linked with heart damage. DO NOT use without medical supervision if you have heart disease.
The European Medicines Agency recommends a moderate intake of linden tea, which they define as no more than 4 grams, or two tea bags, a day. Linden tea can be made with just the flower or can include the bark and leaves. Boil water and then let your Linden mixture steep for three minutes before drinking.
Linden has a long tradition of use for indigestion. Older clinical trials have shown that linden flower tea can help people who suffer from upset stomach or from excessive gas that causes the stomach to push up and put pressure on the heart (also known as the gastrocardiac syndrome.)
The tree is known as linden for the European species, and basswood for North American species. In Britain and Ireland they are commonly called lime trees, although they are not related to the tree that produces the citrus fruit lime.
Thought to reduce stress and soothe the stomach, lemon balm elevates the flavor profile of the classic chamomile tea blend (Fletcher, 2020). Linden flowers are an astringent nervine (de la Forêt, n.d.) so combining them with chamomile and lemon balm makes for one refreshing yet relaxing new mama bear brew.
Bees that depend entirely on these trees are also at risk of starvation, because linden flowers bloom relatively late in the season and so nectar is only available at specific times of year. Also, the linden nectar is loaded with toxic chemicals, so bees that continue feeding on it eventually die.
Classic Spanish Tila (linden flower tea) from Carmencita.