The linden tea is produced from the flowers of linden tree. It is specie that is commonly found throughout America. When you drink the linden tea, you most likely associate it with the beverage made from Camellia sinensis plant and this is considered as real tea. In the history, Native Americans and early settlers used the linden tree to help in the treatment of many different conditions, such as kidney stones, gout, indigestion, hysteria and headaches. The species that are commonly used to make linden flower tee is the Tilia cordata. It is also known as little – leaf linden and it can be medium to large sized.
Beginner gardeners can grow this tree, because it is easy to care for and little pruning is required. Also, Tilia cordata attracts bees, which can help with the pollination of other plants. The linden tea is herbal tea and this is a reason why it does not have caffeine. It is not particularly rich in vitamins and minerals, but it has many health benefits due to its antioxidants, particularly procyanidins. Drinking linden tea is safe for most people, but pregnant women need to avoid this beverage, because there is little information available on how it could affect your pregnancy. Also, breastfeeding mothers should avoid the linden tea.
It is noticed that contact dermatitis can happen when you handle linden flowers. Those people, who have heart conditions, should stay away from this beverage, because these compounds may have cardiotoxic properties. Here are some health benefits of linden tea:
Linden tea has anti -inflammatory properties
There are some studies in which are noticed that the linden tea has anti – inflammatory properties, which can help you to get a relief from the muscle aches and joint pain.
In one study done by Journal of Food Biochemistry, linden tea has been found to be effective against many different strains of bacteria and yeasts. This is giving your immune system the necessary assistance to help fight off diseases.
It has antispasmodic properties which can help to manage the upset stomach and lower the inflammation of the gut.
There was one study published in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, in which is said that the linden genus exhibited anticonvulsant properties among rat test subjects.
Colds and coughs
There are some studies in which are shown that the linden has mucilage, which is a sticky substance that can help you to get a relief from the inflamed membranes in the mouth and throat.
When you sit down and enjoy in a cup of warm tea, then it will give you a calming feeling. The steeped flower of linden has been used in the folk medicine to promote relaxation and relieve the symptoms of anxiety. The linden tea can promote relaxation by acting like GABA, but there should be done a lot more studies in future to see how exactly this happens.
Linden tea reduce mild pain
The chronic pain is affecting millions of people all around the world. The linden tea has quercetin and other flavonoids which can help in the treatment of mild pain. Also, you will get a lot of antioxidants in a cup of linden tea, so do not doubt to add this tea in your diet.
In the traditional medicine, the linden tea has been used to promote sweating and it is thought to be a diuretic. But, there need to be done studies in future to approve this effect of linden tea.
Lower blood pressure
It has plant components, like chlorogenic acid, rutoside and tiliroside which can lower the blood pressure. In one study was found that tiliroside, which is antioxidant found in the linden tea was affecting the calcium channels in the heart of mice. The calcium is playing an important role in heart’s muscle contractions. Mice were injected with dose of 0.45, 2.3 and 4.5 mg of the antioxidant per pound of body weight. It was noticed that the systolic blood pressure is decreased. This is a reason why the linden tea has been used to reduce the blood pressure in the folk medicine.