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Linden Flower and Leaf: A Family Plant

 

Sweet smelling linden trees scent the air in summer, signaling us to come and enjoy their upful properties for body, mind, and spirit. Linden flower and leaf, also known as Tilia, is a gentle friend that can help soothe away many of our daily plateaus while the flowers provide food for other insects and serve nature. It is gentle enough for everyone in the family, making it the perfect herb to call on for kids and parents alike at the end of a stressful or disappointing day.

As a relaxing nervine, linden has been used to assist folks struggling with insomnia, nervous and muscle tension, anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, digestive issues originating from emotional unrest, and even hysteria and mania (The Herbal Academy, n.d.; Holmes, 1997). It was “historically used to soothe nerves and treat health problems associated with anxiety” (McIntyre, n.d.). Further, its calming nervine, antispasmodic, and helpful circulatory properties are used to help to ease spasms and cramps that contribute to headaches, tight muscles, and migraines as well as menstrual cramps (Tilgner, 1999; Holmes, 1997).

 

 

ilia cordata is the strongest type of tree, in terms of its medicinal effects, and is commonly known as little-leaf linden. This wide variety can be found throughout Europe and Western Asia and is 60-80 feet in height. Linden flowers are the most commonly used part of these trees, primarily because of the potency of linden flower tea, which is known to be very powerful as a treatment for a wide variety of conditions.

The flowers are yellow and once dried, they can be brewed as a delicious and potent tea, which is growing in popularity around the world as more research is being done. The health benefits of linden and linden tea are largely due to the high concentration of phytonutrients, flavonoids, and other diaphoretic substances. This unique mix of organic compounds has resulted in one of the most trusted and reliable herbal tea varieties on the market.

 

Here are a few ways in which Linden serves the divine body

Anxiety / Depression

One of the most frequent uses for linden tea is an anxiety aid, as its soothing properties have been known to reduce mental stress and anxiety. If you suffer from mood swings or unexplained chronic stress, a cup of linden tea can be a very wise addition to your health regimen. It has a minor effect on your hormone levels, inducing a state of relaxation for both, the body and the mind.

Linden opens the emotional and spiritual heart even as it improves cardiovascular circulation… linden has a divinely inspired way of opening you to the bliss of your true multidimensional nature – the larger reality we’re all part of.
– Robin Rose Bennett, The Gift Of Healing Herbs

Antioxidant

Mainly the antioxidant benefits of the tila can be reflected as delay of the aging by oxidative damage, less fatigue, less inflammation, among others. However, more than 29 different antioxidant compounds have been identified in the tila. 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.

Detox

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.

Cold and Flu

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.

Removes Inflammation

For those who suffer from tension, headaches, and other inflammatory conditions, including arthritis and gout, linden tea 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. This means that taking tea from tila can remove pain and inflammation for longer than if you used potent painkillers, such as tramadol

Serves kidneys and liver

Tila has been widely used to treat pain, including pain from the liver and kidneys, thanks to its ability to modulate the central nervous system.

Soothes the GI Tract 

Linden Flower Tea contains mucilaginous substances that help to sooth away GI distress, heartburn, and gas… plus it lowers stomach acid. Also the wood can be burned and the charcoal is great for diarrhea, intestinal problems, cellulitis, and edema.

Lung Problems 

The soothing mucilaginous agents of Linden Flower Tea also helps with irritations of the lungs and bronchi… works great for bronchitis and asthma.

Lowers Blood Pressure 

Linden Flower tea is great for lowering blood pressure, just a small cup of tea will do the trick. Linden Flower Tea is one of the best agents for lowering blood pressure because it relaxes smooth muscle thus allowing vessels to dilate.

Aromatherapy

Another way in which you can benefit from all the properties of the tila is through Aromatherapy. You can relax by placing agave or lavender oil on pulse areas, behind the ears, on the wrists, behind the knees, or by placing it in an oil burner to aromatize a room.

Insomnia

The tila when relaxing the central nervous system can also be used to achieve sleep and step out of insomnia .

Several studies agree that the mechanisms of tila that help combat insomnia are the modulation of serotonin and GABA, in addition to the neuronal protection that the tila offers by its antioxidant components. Take one cup of tea 30 minutes before going to bed.

Neuronal damage

The anti-inflammatory action that the tila exerts on the neurons is mainly due to antioxidant compounds which means that with the consumption of tila you can prevent damage to the brain and avoid diseases such as Alzheimer's, dementia, etc. 

Treats flu

Both tea and tamarind can help you get better from a cold.

Both have natural antibacterial compounds that help your body fight the disease.

In addition its anti-inflammatory compounds will help you to deflate the respiratory tract and discharge phlegm from the nose and throat.

To treat a cold you can have a tila tea with key lime and agave. Alkaline alternatives. 

Dose

 Linden Flower Tea can be taken up to 3 times a day. With capsules take 2 – 250 mg capsules 3 times a day… and with tinctures take 4 mls per day.

Forms

Linden Flowers can be bought as teas, capsules, lotions, creams, and tinctures.


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