6 Benefits Of Linden Tea, How To Prepare It, & Side Effects

Written by Varsha Patnaik, MSc (Biotechnology), Certified Diet & Nutrition Coach

Doesn’t it feel nice and warm to curl up with a steaming cup of freshly brewed tea? If you are looking for a non-caffeinated herbal tea to help you relax, you can add linden tea to your list. Linden tea benefits you in multiple ways. It is an herbal tea made by brewing the dried flowers, leaves, and bark of the linden tree (a variety of lime trees). Apart from its great taste and wonderful aroma, linden tea also has been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. Want to learn more about its benefits? Read on to explore more.

What Is Linden Tea?

Linden is an herb that comes from various species of Tilia, or lime tree, widely found in the temperate regions of Europe, North America, and northern parts of Asia. It has been used in folk medicine for centuries to treat a wide range of health problems. Flowers from two specific linden species (Tilia cordata and Tilia platyphyllos) are used to soothe the nerves, help ease anxiety, irregular heartbeats, and stomach disorders. Today, linden is commonly used in many cough and cold remedies as well (1).

Active ingredients found in the flowers, bark, and leaves of the linden tree provide you with many key health benefits. Let us now understand these health benefits in detail.

Benefits Of Linden Tea

  • May Promote Sleep And Relaxation

Linden tea extracts might help calm your nerves, relax and unwind. Research suggests active linden components mimic GABA, a chemical found in the brain that helps you calm down and feel relaxed (2).

Animal studies also suggest the sedative properties of linden extracts making it a good addition to your bedtime routine (3), (4).

  • May Help Fight Inflammation

Inflammation may lead to many long-term health issues including cancer and diabetes (5). Quercetin, kaempferol, and tiliroside are powerful antioxidants found in the flowers and buds of linden trees that act on the toxic free radicals in your body and help reduce inflammation (6), (7).

While these studies are promising, the amount of antioxidants in different blends of the tea may vary as per the time infused and the use of loose tea vs tea bags (8). So, further research is warranted to prove its efficacy.

  • May Reduce Mild Pain

Quercetin and tiliroside may also help reduce mild pain and swelling (7), (9). In one study, mice with swollen paws were given a particular measure of tiliroside as per their body weight. This resulted in a 27% and 31% reduction in the swelling and pain respectively (6).

In another study, women suffering from the pain and discomfort of rheumatoid arthritis were asked to supplement their diet with quercetin. They reported a significant improvement in their symptoms, pain, and inflammation (10). However, the amount of these antioxidants found in linden tea varies as per the brand and blend, requiring further research to determine the same.

  • May Have Diuretic Effects

Linden tea components might have diaphoretic and diuretic effects which means they help flush out excess fluids from the body and promote sweating. Linden tea infusions are commonly used in places like Germany to treat cold and cough in adults and children above 4 years of age (1). This could be because of the combined effects of kaempferol, quercetin, and p-coumaric acid. However, scientific evidence to establish this diuretic effect of linden is limited.

  • May Help Lower Blood Pressure

Linden tea contains a few important bioactive plant compounds that might help lower blood pressure (1), (6). Animal studies have shown that the antioxidant tiliroside found in linden tea might help regulate your heart’s muscular contractions and reduce systolic blood pressure (6), (11). However, the mechanism behind this is still unknown and more research is warranted to establish this connection. Also, you should not use linden tea as a replacement for any heart medications.

  • Soothes Your Digestive Tract

The comforting warm hydration from this herbal, caffeine-free tea may help aid the passage of food through your intestines, relieving you of any stomach discomfort. However, more research is needed to establish a direct link.

Now that you are aware of the many benefits of linden tea, you must be tempted to brew yourself a cup of this warm comforting tea.

How To Prepare Linden Tea?

Linden tea with its relaxing effect might be a good addition to your unwinding routine at the end of the day. Let’s see how you can prepare a cup for yourself.

  1. Put about 1g of loose linden tea into an infuser.
  2. Boil 150 ml water in the kettle.
  3. Put the infuser with tea leaves in a cup.
  4. Add freshly boiled water to the cup.
  5. Allow the leaves to steep in the water for 5-10 minutes. You can let it brew longer for a stronger taste.
  6. You may add in some lemon or honey as per your preference.

During the hot summers, you can also steep a few linden tea bags in warm water, cool and leave them in the fridge overnight to relish some refreshing ice tea in the hot afternoons.

While having a cup of linden tea might seem soothing and harmless, it can easily be overdone. You should thus be aware of its possible risks as well.

Precautions And Side Effects

The FDA and European Medicines Agency consider linden flowers as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) for moderate consumption (12), (13). Still, there are a few things you need to keep in mind before adding linden to your daily diet.

  • Might Interact With Certain Medications

Since linden tea might act as a diuretic in flushing out excess salt and fluids from your body, you should avoid taking it along with any other diuretic medicine or food sources to prevent dehydration (1).

  • May Cause Botulism

Linden might carry some amount of Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause botulism (a rare but paralyzing and even life-threatening illness). While it doesn’t contain a significant amount, you should avoid giving it to babies and infants as it increases the risks of infant botulism (15).

  • Might Not Be Safe For Pregnant Women Or Children

The safety of linden tea for breastfeeding and pregnant women is still unknown nor has it been tested or deemed safe for children yet. So, children should not be given linden tea and lactating and pregnant women should also avoid it (1).

  • Might Cause Drowsiness

While the sedative properties of linden can help you relax, the resulting drowsiness might not be suitable while driving, operating any heavy machinery, or working in general (1). You should avoid linden tea in situations where you need to be alert and attentive.

  • Might Aggravate Allergy

If you have a pollen allergy, you should be careful of allergic symptoms while having linden tea (1). The pollen in linden flowers might cause your allergy to flare up.

Linden tea benefits your body in a number of ways. It is loaded with many beneficial nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Linden tea is good for your immunity as it may relieve cough and cold. It has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that may provide relief from pain and reduce swelling. Linden tea may help you relax and aid in sleep. Nevertheless, excessive consumption may have side effects. It may cause drowsiness, botulism, or interfere with diuretic medications. If you experience any side effects, limit your consumption and seek medical advice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is linden tea acidic?

No, linden herbal tea is alkaline.

Can I mix linden and chamomile teas?

Yes, you can combine linden tea and chamomile tea to enjoy a relaxing tea infusion.

Key Takeaways

  • Found in the temperate regions of Europe, North America, and northern parts of Asia, linden is an herb that belongs to species of Tilia, or lime tree.
  • It may promote sleep and relaxation, fight inflammation, and reduce mild pain.
  • However, it may cause botulism, drowsiness, and aggravate allergy.

Sources

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  1. Assessment report on Tilia cordata Miller Tilia platyphyllos Scop Tilia x vulgaris Heyne or their mixtures flos
    https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/documents/herbal-report/final-assessment-report-tilia-cordata-miller-tilia-platyphyllos-scop-tilia-x-vulgaris-heyne-their_en.pdf
  2. Bud extracts from Tilia tomentosa Moench inhibit hippocampal neuronal firing through GABAA and benzodiazepine receptors activation
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26144285
  3. Flavonoids from Tilia americana with anxiolytic activity in plus-maze test
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18539420
  4. Pharmacological evaluation of the anxiolytic and sedative effects of Tilia americana L. var. mexicana in mice
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16930893
  5. The inflammation theory of disease
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3492709
  6. A Review on the Dietary Flavonoid Tiliroside – Grochowski – 2018 – Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1541-4337.12389
  7. Flavonoids with antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory activities from the leaves of Tilia argentea (silver linden)
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15507365/
  8. Effect of different brewing times on antioxidant activity and polyphenol content of loosely packed and bagged black teas (Camellia sinensis L.)
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC4930538/
  9. Quercetin and derivatives: useful tools in inflammation and pain management
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27995808
  10. The Effect of Quercetin on Inflammatory Factors and Clinical Symptoms in Women with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27710596
  11. Mechanism of the antihypertensive and vasorelaxant effects of the flavonoid tiliroside in resistance arteries
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23877918
  12. CFR – Code of Federal Regulations Title 21
    https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm?fr=182.10
  13. Assessment report on Tilia cordata Miller Tilia platyphyllos Scop Tilia x vulgaris Heyne or their mixtures flos
    https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/documents/herbal-report/final-assessment-report-tilia-cordata-miller-tilia-platyphyllos-scop-tilia-x-vulgaris-heyne-their_en.pdf
  14. Risks and benefits of commonly used herbal medicines in Mexico
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18037151
  15. Linden flower (Tilia spp.) as potential vehicle of Clostridium botulinum spores in the transmission of infant botulism
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20085187/
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