Linden (Tilia cordata), also referred to as Basswood in America or Lime Tree in Europe, is a widely used herb native to North America and Europe. It is a small to large tree often planted as an ornamental with heart shaped leaves and whitish yellow fragrant flowers that appear in mid- late summer.
The use of Linden began in medieval Europe as a remedy for colds, scratchy throat, flu and fevers. Currently Linden is still used for feverish cold/flu conditions and studies have supported that it can also enhance the immune system especially in children . Linden is also a relaxing herb for the nervous and circulatory systems, making it a valuable as a headache and migraine remedy. It can lower blood pressure, relaxing arterial walls and sore muscles. Current research is being done with this herb for the treatment of epilepsy.
The leaves and flowers are gathered shortly after they bloom and used as a tea or tincture. As a tasty tea, Linden combines well with Hops, Passionflower and Skullcap as a relaxing tonic for the nerves. For colds/fever Linden combines well with Elderflower and Chamomile and with Meadowsweet, Oatstraw and Feverfew for headaches. This herb has few side effects and should not be taken daily for long periods of time.
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