Linden Flower Tea – My granny’s natural remedy for common colds and flu
Linden flower (Tiliae Flos) tea is my all time favorite. It was introduced to me during my early childhood by my Hungarian grandmother, who cured all the common colds occurring in the family during the cold season with Linden Tea and honey.
It helps your immune system and even prevents you from getting colds. It is a powerful perspirant, so it will make you sweat, but that’s how the miracle is done. It will help your body cleanse itself and will leave you will feel like born again or as if you just came out of invigorating, cleansing sauna. After a good night of sweating, change your clothes and bed sheets upon waking to get rid of the substances that just left your body.
The greatest Linden Tea recipe:
Put the water to boil on a small fire until bubbles the size of crab eyes start appearing. After that you stop the fire and add the linden tea. Now comes the big question, how much? Well there is no “how much”. Of course you can’t add to much or too little, it depends on what effect you want it to have. To make 3 cups of tea, I used to add 3 tablespoons of Linden Tea flowers, cover it, then let it stand for 3-10 minutes. After that I usually squeeze some lemon juice into it. You could also add a tablespoon (or more) of raw honey. You may also add 1 tablespoon (or less) of Raspberry preserve. Wait for 10 minutes. Drink! Go to bed and get some rest.
And now for the scientific part:
Linden is an herb that comes from various species of Tilia, or lime tree. It has been used in European folk medicine for centuries to treat a wide range of health problems.
Linden flowers, leaves, wood, and charcoal (obtained from the wood) are the parts used for medicinal purposes. Active ingredients in the linden flowers include flavonoids (which act as antioxidants), volatile oil, and mucilage components (which are soothing and reduce inflammation). The plant also contains tannins that can act as an astringent.
Linden helps to lower elevated blood pressure. Linden has gentle, relaxing properties that make it an excellent remedy for long-term stress, especially when it is affecting the cardiovascular system. The long-term use of the tea is required for regulating blood pressure.
Tilia has been studied in only a few test tube and animal trials. It appears to have antispasmodic (reducing muscle contractions), astringent (drying), diuretic, and sedative properties. Note that different parts of Tilia species are used in treating specific conditions and symptoms.
Gyorgy Szabo, hungarian medicine man states that linden flower tea should not be used over extended periods of time as it contains a chemical that attacks the red blood cells, however he also finds that it is a great tool to induce sweating and relieve cough.