Linden Blossom (Tilia Cordata)
Tilia cordata, or linden blossom, is a European native originating in Bulgaria, Romania, former Yugoslavia, and Turkey. It is now grown in countries like France and England. It's also known as lime flower or basswood, and it's used for its natural sedative and anti-anxiety properties, but it can also benefit heart health, digestion, respiratory and immunological systems, and more.
It is high in antioxidants and flavonoids, which have been demonstrated to provide protection against free radical damage and oxidative stress, both of which can harm cells, as well as reduce inflammation, swelling, and discomfort. Those suffering from arthritis or fibromyalgia may benefit from this.
When taking linden, some people notice a reduction in blood pressure and stress-related discomfort, such as tension headaches, making it a natural vasodilator. It may also aid in the improvement of sleep quality by increasing relaxation and reducing pain, as well as lowering anxiety symptoms.
Linden can be used as a natural diuretic, reducing fluid retention and edema while also improving digestive health. It's said to have demulcent and antispasmodic effects, which can assist with coughs, flu, bronchitis, and other respiratory problems.
1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
When herbs are used for a long period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example, if you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause, if it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause, etc. That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Herbs and botanicals should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry area- to preserve their flavor and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!