European Linden, Lime Flower, Lime Tree, Linden Charcoal,
Tilia europaea, Tilia cordata.
Family: Malvaceae or Tiliaceae.
People Use This For:
Linden flower and flower bract is used for colds, nasal
congestion, throat irritation, palpitations, hypertension,
headaches, insomnia, sinus headache, migraine headache,
incontinence, hemorrhage, arteriosclerotic hypertension, fever,
and nervous tension. It is also used to induce sweating,
diuretic, antispasmodic, and as an expectorant for coughs.
No concerns regarding safety when used orally and
Pregnancy and Lactation: Refer to a Medical Herbalist.
There is insufficient scientific information available to
Mechanism of Action:
The applicable parts of linden are the dried flower and flower
Linden has antispasmodic, diaphoretic, diuretic, sedative, mild
astringent, and antifungal activity.44,45
In vitro, its antispasmodic activity is
attributed to p-coumaric acid and the flavonoid
constituents.44 Diaphoretic effects are thought to be
due to kaempferol, p-coumaric acid, and quercetin
The volatile oils, including citral, citronellal, citronellol,
eugenol, and limonene, exert sedative and antispasmodic
Interactions with Herbs & Supplements:
Interactions with Drugs:
Interactions with Foods:
Interactions with Lab Tests:
Dr Clare’s Blends: Dose 455mgs per day. 1.5mls 1:3 Tincture.
Oral: Traditionally 1-2 cups of the tea has been used.
Additionally, 2-4 mL of the tincture (1:5 in 45% alcohol), and
1-2 mL of the liquid extract (1:1 in 25% alcohol) is 1-2 mL has
also been used.44
Specific References: LINDEN
43. McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R, Goldberg A, eds. American
Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca
Raton, FL: CRC Press, LLC 1997.
44. Newall CA, Anderson LA, Philpson JD. Herbal Medicine: A
Guide for Healthcare Professionals. London, UK: The
Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
45. The Review of Natural Products by Facts and
Comparisons. St. Louis, MO: Wolters Kluwer Co., 1999.