The small and seemingly delicate yellow flower of the tilia cordata mill, otherwise known as the linden tree, has been used to relieve a variety of conditions since the Middle Ages.
In Europe and North America, linden flower is known for its capacity to treat colds, headaches, and insomnia. For some cultures, the relaxing properties of linden flower were believed to be so strong, it was considered to be powerful enough to treat hysteria.
Today, linden flower continues to be used as a natural alternative to anti-depressants and flu medicines. In Europe and Asia, it is prepared as a type of tea that is known to be effective in easing the body into a relaxed state.
An article on the benefits of selected herbal medicines published in 20071 confirmed that linden flower is effective in treating stress and anxiety-related conditions, as well as flu symptoms, and throat irritation. It is also included in the Commission E monographs2; which means that its sedative properties and its capacity to treat colds are internationally recognised.
Linden flower contains volatile oils like citral, citronellal, citronellol, eugenol, and limonene that work to calm the nerves and provide relief for headaches, migraines, insomnia, and anxiety. The flavonoids in linden flower have been proven to be effective in stimulating perspiration for fever relief. It also has bioflavonoids that work to help control blood pressure and prevent the thickening of arterial walls.
You can experience the relaxing effects of linden flower through Sekaya’s Easy Chill; a botanic infusion that combines flowers, herbs and fruits designed to lift up your mood. It also contains spearmint, lemongrass, elderberries, rosebuds, and raspberry leaves.