Soothe and Calm with Linden Flower Tea
If you’ve ever spent time in a mainland European city, such as in Germany or France, in the springtime, you would’ve no doubt come across the linden tree, even if you didn’t realize. This beautiful tree lines the streets, bringing a slice of nature to the urban cityscapes and fills the air with its naturally sweet and fragrant blossom scents. Native to Europe, the linden tree is also naturally at home in North America.
Also known as European lime or basswood trees, they can grow as high as 130 feet tall so it’s little wonder these trees came to the attention of our ancient ancestors. Europeans and Native Americans alike used the flowers and leaves of the linden tree to make a relaxing tea due to their belief that it acted as a muscle relaxant and a mild sedative.
And it turns out, they were on to something!
What are the benefits of linden flower tea?
Our forebears used linden flower tea as a “nervine”, a tonic that helps to calm the nerves, and that may be due to an essential oil called farnesol. Farnesol is known as a mild stress relieving sedative.
Linden flower tea is also rich in natural antioxidants called flavonoids that support a healthy immune system by helping to neutralize free radicals.
Many plants are rich in antioxidants, but what sets the flowers and leaves of the linden tree apart from the rest is the fact that it’s also rich in mucilage. Mucilage is a champion of soothing sore throats. Its moisturizing properties mean that it coats the throat, helping to calm sore, angry throats and settle irritating, scratchy coughs. Next time you have a cough or a cold, try drinking linden flower tea to help soothe your symptoms. Coupled with its relaxing abilities, you could end up with a good nights’ sleep after all!
What does linden tea taste like?
Linden flower tea has a delicate floral, herbal taste profile with a satisfyingly sweet fragrance and is very similar in both flavor and aroma to chamomile flower tea. However, linden flower tea has more spiced notes than chamomile, which gives it a slight black licorice aftertaste.
How do I drink linden tea?
We recommend adding 1-2 tsp Nature Restore Dried Linden Flowers & Leaves to 8oz boiling water and leaving the mixture to infuse for five minutes before straining and drinking. Our linden tea can also be left to infuse in boiling water for several hours – the longer the infusion, the stronger the taste.
If you prefer a sweet tea, linden flower tea is ideally suited to a teaspoon of honey or other syrup. It can also be chilled after infusing to be drunk as a cooling iced tea or blended with other herbal teas such as chamomile for extra benefits and flavors.