Basswood, Bois de Tilleul, European Linden, Feuille de Tilleul, Feuille Séchée de Tilleul, Fleur de Tilleul, Fleur Séchée de Tilleul, Hungarian Silver Linden, Lime Blossom, Lime Flower, Lime Tree, Linden Charcoal, Linden Dried Flower, Linden Dried Leaf, Linden Dried Sapwood, Linden Flower, Linden Leaf, Linden Sapwood, Linden Wood, Silver Lime, Silver linden, Tila, Tilia argentea, Tilia cordata, Tilia europaea, Tiliae flos, Tiliae folium, Tilia grandifolia, Tiliae lignum, Tilia parvifolia, Tilia platyphyllos, Tilia rubra, Tilia tomentosa, Tilia ulmifolia, Tilia vulgaris, Tilleul, Tilleul à Feuilles en Coelig;ur, Tilleul à Grandes Feuilles, Tilleul à Petites Feuilles, Tilleul d'Europe, Tilleul d'Hiver, Tilleul des Bois, Tilleul Mâle, Tilleul Sauvage, Tilo.<br/><br/>
Overview InformationLinden is a tree. The dried flower, leaves, and wood are used for medicine.
Some people take linden leaf for colds, stuffy nose, sore throat, breathing problems (bronchitis), headaches (including both sinus and migraine), fever, and to make it easier to bring up phlegm by coughing (as an expectorant). It is also taken by mouth for rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, excessive bleeding (hemorrhage), nervous tension, trouble sleeping (insomnia), excessive excitement (hysteria), problems with bladder control (incontinence), and muscle spasms. Linden leaf is also by mouth to cause sweating and increase urine production.
Linden wood is taken by mouth for liver disease and gallbladder disease, and for infection and swelling beneath the skin (cellulitis). Charcoal made from linden wood is taken by mouth for intestinal disorders.
In infants, linden tea is use for a calming effect.
Some people apply linden directly to the skin for itchy skin, joint pain (rheumatism), and certain lower leg wounds (ulcus cruris) caused by poor blood circulation.
How does it work?Linden seems to reduce the amount of mucus produced and relieve anxiety. But, more information is needed.
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Sleep disorders (insomnia).
- Headaches including migraines.
- Problems with bladder control (incontinence).
- Excessive bleeding (hemorrhage).
- Itchy skin.
- Painful swelling of joints (rheumatism).
- Causing sweating.
- Other conditions.
Side Effects & SafetyLinden is LIKELY SAFE for most people when the leaf is used in food amounts. It is not clear if linden is safe when used in medicinal amounts.
Linden might cause allergies in some people when taken by mouth or applied to the skin. Frequent use of linden tea has been linked with heart damage, but this seems to be rare.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of linden during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Heart disease: Frequent use of linden tea has been linked with heart damage. If you have heart disease, do not use linden without medical supervision.
Be cautious with this combination
Lithium interacts with LINDEN
Linden might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking linden might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.
The appropriate dose of linden depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for linden. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
- Bianco MI, Lúquez C, De Jong L, Fernández RA. Linden flower (Tilia spp.) as potential vehicle of Clostridium botulinum spores in the transmission of infant botulism. Rev Argent Microbiol. 2009 Oct-Dec;41(4):232-6.View abstract.
- Electronic Code of Federal Regulations. Title 21. Part 182 -- Substances Generally Recognized As Safe. Available at: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?CFRPart=182