Tilia or Linden (Latin Name: Tilia Platyphyllos) is a tree that belongs to the family of Malvaceae. It is in flower from June to July and is native to much Europe especially to lime-rich soils located in southwestern Great Britain.
Health Benefits and Uses
Tilia is a popular domestic remedy for treatments of cold and other ailments where sweating is desirable. The tea made from the leaves or dried flowers is laxative, sedative, diaphoretic, expectorant, and hypotensive. Tea from the flowers is also helpful as a treatment of indigestion, hypertension, and hardening of the arteries. However, the flowers are known to develop narcotic properties if they aren’t harvested when freshly opened. Moreover, it is quite an effective vasodilator. Lastly, the plant contains tannins that could act as an astringent.
Attention should be paid to the daily amount consumed. If you suffer from cardiovascular disease, are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your doctor first.
Tilia’s Available Forms:
- as leave with flowers
- only the flowers and
- as a powder
Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.