Linden flower - Tilia spp. (in the Tiliaceae or Tilia family)
Part used: Flower and leaves.
Taste/smell: Slightly sweet, aromatic, slightly astringent, pleasant smelling and tasting.
Dosage: Infusion: 1-2 teaspoons per cup of water; or 1:5 dry strength liquid extract: 20-40 drops 1-4 times per day.
Mental picture and specific indications: Linden flower is indicated for hypertension associated with arteriosclerosis. The individual is worse in the afternoon and evening, in a warm room and heat of bed and better in a cool room and with motion.
Use: (a) Diaphoretic, (b) Diuretic, (c) Stomachic, (d) Antispasmodic, (e) Antidepressant, (f) Calmative.
Linden has been found to shorten the duration of infectious viral conditions. It is a relaxing remedy for nervous tension and prophylactic against the development of arteriosclerosis and hypertension. Animal research has shown linden to protect against stress-induced ulcers and act as an anti-stress remedy. It specifically decreases adrenal enlargement and possesses corticosteroid-sparing effects in rats under stressful conditions. Linden is useful for hypertension and palpitations due to stress. The flowers and leaves contain a volatile oil, quercetin glycosides, kaempferol glycosides and mucilage.
Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time.