Linden

Latin:  Tilia spp.

Family:  Tiliaceae

Parts Used: Leaves, flowers

Taste/Energetics:   Cooling, sweet, slightly bitter, astringent, aromatic

Properties:  Diaphoretic, nervine relaxant, carminative, expectorant, hypotensive, antispasmodic

Actions: This is one of my favorite go-to herbs for stress relief.  Linden helps to soothe and relax an overburdened nervous system.  Very helpful for those feeling grief, sadness, fear or shock from trauma.  This is a gentle herb that is good for kids, elderly and infirm alike, and generally can be taken by people who take medications.  Traditionally, this herb has also been used to cool a fever and to improve digestion.

Dosage:  Best as tea. 1-2 tsp to one cup of hot water infused for 10 mins.

Contraindications:    None

Further Reading:

Linden monograph   by Rosalee de la Foret