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Lime blossom tea for colds and sleep problems

by Josephine Andrews
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Linden blossoms have a diaphoretic, expectorant and soothing effect. They have therefore been used for a long time to treat colds. Lime blossom tea can also help with inner restlessness. Read more about the effects and uses of linden blossoms here!

What is the effect of linden blossom tea?

Lime blossoms come from either the small-leaved or small-leaved linden (Tilia cordata and T. platyphyllos). They have been used for centuries as lime blossom tea for feverish colds, coughs caused by colds and inflammation of the mucous membranes (catarrh) of the upper respiratory tract.

They contain, among other things, essential oils, mucilage and tannins. It also contains antioxidants such as quecetin and kaempfer oil. Together these ingredients result in an antispasmodic, sweat-inducing, calming, expectorant and anti-irritant effect.

What about the effect on the psyche? Slightly calming and pain-relieving properties are also attributed to lime blossoms, which is why they are traditionally recommended for restlessness and mild stress symptoms. Among other things, linden blossom tea may be helpful for nervous heart palpitations and high blood pressure.

Linden blossoms are also classified as a traditional herbal medicine for cold symptoms and mild stress disorders. In principle, however, there is only limited scientific knowledge about their effect.

In folk medicine, other diseases and ailments are treated with linden blossoms, such as bladder and kidney problems. Linden blossom tea is also said to be helpful against inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and gout.

Linden blossoms also seem to have a calming effect on the skin. Some lotions for itchy skin contain the juice and flowers of medicinal plants. It is also powdered and applied to burns and sores.

What side effects can linden blossom cause?

No side effects are known for the intended use of linden blossoms in therapeutic doses. However, allergic reactions can occur.

How are linden blossoms used?

There are several ways to apply lime blossom. We introduce them to you.

Linden blossoms as a home remedy

The dried inflorescences of the linden tree help to treat colds or catarrh. Since it is important to drink a lot during a cold, lime blossom tea is particularly suitable for relieving the symptoms. This is especially true if you have a fever. The effect of linden blossom tea is reflected in increased sweating, which allows a cold to heal faster.

How to prepare lime blossom tea:

For a cup of tea, pour a cup (approx. 150 milliliters) of boiling water over a teaspoon (approx. 1.8 grams) of linden blossom , leave the infusion covered for seven minutes and then strain the parts of the plant.

You should drink a cup of lime blossom tea that is as hot as possible several times a day, possibly sweetened with honey. The daily dose for children over the age of four, adolescents and adults is two to four grams of linden blossom. The following recommendations for daily doses apply to smaller children:

  • nine to 12 months: 0.2 to 1 gram
  • one to three years: 1 to 2 grams

If you want to use the soothing effect of the mucilage in linden blossoms (e.g. when you have a dry, dry cough), you can prepare a cold extract: Pour a cup of cold water over a teaspoon of linden blossoms and let it sit covered for half an hour. Then heat briefly to the boil and drink in sips. You can have a cup of this two to three times a day.

For an even better effect, you should combine linden blossom with other medicinal plants when preparing the tea. Aniseed, mallow, thyme and elderberry are also effective against colds .

If you are stressed and restless or cannot fall asleep in the evening, you should prepare a tea made from linden blossom and other medicinal plants with a calming effect such as lemon balm , hops and/or lavender .

Home remedies have their limits. If the symptoms persist over a longer period of time, do not improve or even get worse despite treatment, you should always consult a doctor.

Finished preparations with linden blossom

Pharmacies and drugstores offer pure linden blossom tea, tea blends with other medicinal plants and ready-made preparations based on linden blossom – the latter often in combination with other medicinal plants. These include, for example, cough syrup and lozenges.

You can find out how to use and dose the preparations correctly from your doctor, your pharmacist or from the package leaflet.

What you should consider when using lime blossoms

  • As a precaution, first discuss the use of lime blossom tea in babies and young children as well as in pregnant and breastfeeding women with a doctor.
  • Do not use lime blossom preparations for intestinal obstruction.
  • When preparing lime blossom tea, it is important not to use old blossoms, as this can lead to symptoms of poisoning.

If possible, make sure that you do not use linden blossoms of the silver linden tree (Tilia tomentosa) – these often appear as adulterants in linden blossom preparations on the market, but contain only medicinally insignificant ingredients. Finished preparations based on linden blossoms and the linden blossom tea itself should only have the summer and/or winter linden as the plant of origin.

How to get linden blossom products

You can obtain dried linden blossoms or medicinal products based on them from your pharmacy or drugstore. For the correct application and dosage, please read the respective leaflet or ask your doctor or pharmacist.

What are linden blossoms?

Small-leaved lime (Tilia cordata) and small-leaved lime (T. platyphyllos) are trees up to 40 meters high, widespread in Central Europe and often planted in gardens and parks as well as along roads.

A common feature of both species are the panicle-like inflorescences: They consist of two to five (summer lime) or 4 to 15 yellow-whitish, nectar-rich flowers with numerous stamens. The blooming time of the summer linden is in June, that of the winter linden in July. Small nutlets develop from the flowers.

The wing-like, membranous cover sheet, which is half fused with the stalk of the flower/fruit panicle, is characteristic of the trees. As soon as the nuts are ripe, the entire panicle-like infructescence falls off, with the cover sheet helping the fruit to spread with the wind like a propeller.

The most important differences between the two lime tree species concern the crooked, heart-shaped leaves: on the summer lime tree, they are larger and have white hairs on the underside in the axils of the leaf veins (armpit beards). The smaller leaves of the small-leaf linden, on the other hand, have brown armpit beards on the underside.

The linden blossoms of both species are used medicinally.

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