Herb – Linden Flower – Tilia
The European Linden tree (also called the American basswood tree) are a lovely tree which flowers contain Tilia that include flavonoids, tannins and amino acids. The sedative effect of Tilia was historically used to treat children with hyperactivity or fever. Enjoy this delicious herb as a simple after-dinner tea. Use it to improve the health of your heart. It also supports your nervous system health, and many other variety of symptoms related to upper respiratory viruses. How to create this tea? First you pluck the flowers of the Linden tree and then you dry them out. When dried, the flowers till retain a sticky texture. To know whether the flowers are ready to pick, growers wait until they have fully bloomed and are yellow in color.
Hyperactivity, insomnia, panic attacks, anxiety, nervous headache, migraine, convulsion in children, influenza, fever, colds, coughs, mucus in trachea and lungs, indigestion. Nervous vomiting, painful digestion, colic, diarrhea, heart palpitations, arteriosclerosis and hypertension, dark urine, edema, pelvic inflammatory disease. Uterine pain, bearing down sensation, inflammation of the genitalia. Fever with sweat, fever, chills, shivering, pain associated with heat irritation and spasm. Itchy skin, burning eruptions, sores, herpes, shingles. In order to soften the fiber, the bark from the tree is beaten, then simmered in cream or milk and water to make soothing poultice.
A tincture can be made, but tea is widely used with the fresh or dry flowers. Steep for 10 min., then drink. Also, there is a maximum dosage, so avoid drinking more than 3 cups per day. Furthermore, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it usually isn’t a good idea to drink linden tea, or if you have heart disease, as this flower can negatively interact with certain medicines.