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Linden Flower and Leaf, (Tilia spp., including T. americana, T. cordata, T. x europea, T. platyphyllos) – Cut and Sifted Bulk
Tiliaceae (Tilia Family)
Tilia, the genus name, is the classical Latin name for this tree. The common name linden derives from the Old English name for the tree, lind.
Range of Appearance
Linden trees, of which about thirty species exist, are native to Europe, western Asia, and North America. The trees prefer slightly acidic soil and moderate shade and water. They can grow to 130 feet in height. The leaves are alternate, heart shaped, uneven, and darker green on top and paler green underneath. The yellowish white, five-petaled flowers hang in clusters from peduncles and are beloved by bees.
Antidepressant, antispasmodic, cephalic, cholagogue, choleretic, diaphoretic, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, stomachic, sudorific, tonic, vasodilator, vulnerary
Linden moves stagnant chi, calms the nerves, and promotes rest. It also helps heal blood vessel walls, and its high mucilage content helps soothe irritated respiratory passages. It is used in the treatment of anxiety, arteriosclerosis, asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, colds, cough, diarrhea, fever, flu, headache, high cholesterol, hypertension, hysteria, indigestion, insomnia, migraine, pain, sore throat, and stress. Topically, linden helps regenerate the skin. It can be used as a compress to treat boils, burns, and rashes and as a gargle for mouth sores. It is often included in facial washes to clear acne, freckles, and wrinkles. As a bath herb, it promotes relaxation and is often used to calm restless children.
The flowers are edible and have a fragrant, jasmine-like aroma and pleasant flavor. The young leaves are also edible. The sap of the tree can be used as a sweetener or concentrated like maple syrup. Linden flower tea is one of the most popular herbal teas in Europe, where it is enjoyed to calm the nerves and aid digestion. It is a safe and suitable tea for children as well as adults.
The inner bark yields fibers that can be used to make paper, rope, baskets, mats, and cloth. The soft wood is favored by wood carvers. The flowers are sometimes added to sleep pillows.
Vitamin C, iodine, manganese, essential oil (farnesol), flavonoids (herperidin, quercitin, kaempferol, astralagin), mucilage, phenolic acids (chlorogenic, caffeic), tannins
Tilia americana should be consumed only in moderation, as large doses may cause nausea and excess use may damage the heart.
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