Also indexed as:Tilia spp.
Linden: Main Image © Martin Wall
Botanical names:
Tilia spp.

Parts Used & Where Grown

This tree grows in the northern, temperate climates of Europe, Asia, and North America. Many medicinal species of linden exist, with Tilia cordata and Tilia platyphyllos generally being the most available and studied. Regardless of species, the flowers are used as medicine. Though sometimes called lime flower, linden is not related to the familiar green lime fruit.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
Several cups of tea per day, made with 2 to 3 tsp of dried flowers per cup of hot water, for indigestion2 stars[2 stars]
Linden has a long tradition of use for indigestion. It has antispasmodic action and may help people who suffer from upset stomach or excessive gas.
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Linden is one of a group of “nerve tonic” (nervine) herbs used in traditional herbal medicine for people with anxiety, with few reports of toxicity.
Common Cold and Sore Throat
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Linden may promote a healthy fever and the immune system’s ability to fight infections.
Ear Infections
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
An unpublished clinical trial found that linden tea was effective at speeding recovery and reducing complications such as ear infection in children with colds.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Since time immemorial, the fragrant and tasty linden flowers have been used medicinally as a calming agent and to relieve indigestion, the common cold, and griping or colicky pain in the abdomen.1, 2 Many of these uses have been confirmed or partially confirmed in modern research.

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