Linden Tea’s Health Benefits

Did You Know…that a common city tree may help you quell inflammation, the silent killer of our modern times?

The Linden tree has many names:  basswood, lime blossom, and tilia.  It grows in cities across the United States and the world.  This tree has been the source of medicinal treatments for centuries, particularly its flowers, which are used to make a potent, health-boosting tea.  Some of the most powerful effects of linden tea may be its ability to improve the immune system, prevent the risk of certain kinds of cancer, calm and detoxify the body, eliminate anxiety, lower blood pressure, and quell inflammation.

Scientists believe that most chronic diseases result from inflammation.  Arthritis… heart disease… adult-onset diabetes… dementia… and even cancer can all stem from an inflamed body.

How Linden Heals Your Body

Linden tea’s health benefits are due mainly to its high concentration of phytonutrients, flavonoids, and other diaphoretic substances.  This unique mix of organic compounds produces an array of health benefits, including:

 Reduces Anxiety:  Linden tea has long been valued for its calming effects.
 Fights Free Radicals:  Linden contains antioxidant compounds such as quercetin and kaempferol.  These act as free radical scavengers, eliminating these harmful substances from your system.  The antioxidants in linden are especially powerful skin protectors.
 Detoxifies the Body:  Linden also contains p-coumaric acid, another beneficial organic compound.  This compound is a diaphoretic, which means it induces sweating and thereby helps to release toxins from the body, along with excess salts, fat, and water.
 Helps Relieve Colds and Flu:  Because linden quells inflammation, including inflamed membranes in the nose and throat, it can reduce coughing and irritation.  Linden tea can also relieve congestion and boost your immune system’s ability to fight colds and flu.
 Quells Inflammation:  Just as it reduces the inflammation in the respiratory tracts, it also helps to lower blood pressure and 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.
 Prevents Cancer:  As mentioned, the antioxidants in linden, such as quercetin and coumarin, prevent free radicals from causing damaging healthy cells, a key factor in cancer prevention.
 Indigestion:  The compounds and chemicals in linden tea can reduce gas and bloating and improve digestion.

Always Consult Your Doctor Before Using Herbs 

Expert herbalists caution that some people are allergic to linden flowers, so always speak to your doctor before trying linden tea.  Dosage is important, too.  Most experts say 3 cups per day is a maximum.  In addition, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, linden tea is generally not recommended—and if you are taking any other medications, you must always consult with your health care professional about interactions.