Information on Linden

Latin NameTilia europa, T. americana
Other NamesLime flowers
Part UsedFlowers
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsNervous system, Cardiovascular system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA large tree from the Linden family with masses of fragrant, nectar-producing cream-colored flowers arising from tongue-shaped bracts.
DescriptionLime blossoms make a very effective remedy for colds, fevers, cold-related coughs, and flu, particularly for children because the taste is mild. The herb is used in baths to calm fussy babies and small children. This herb is also a safe and effective nervine and is used for mild hypertension, nervous tension, and headache.

Linden has a taste of SWEET, ASTRINGENT and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture2-3 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Linden

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Acidity, high stomach acidrelaxingtea, tincture
Hot flashescooling nervinetincture, capsule, tea
Attention Deficit Disordercalmativetea; add chamomile or orange flowers for extra effect and better flavor
Thyroid, hypercalmativetincture, capsule, tea
Sleeping aidsmild sedativetea, tincture
Nervousnesscalmativetea, tincture


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