Linden is a tree. The dried flower, leaves, and wood are used for medicine.
Linden leaf is used for colds, stuffy nose, sore throat, breathing problems (bronchitis), headaches, fever, and to make it easier to bring up phlegm by coughing (as an expectorant). It is also used for rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, excessive bleeding (hemorrhage), nervous tension, trouble sleeping (insomnia), problems with bladder control (incontinence), and muscle spasms. Linden leaf is also used to cause sweating and increase urine production.
Linden wood is used for liver disease and gallbladder disease, and for infection and swelling beneath the skin (cellulitis). Charcoal made from linden wood is used for intestinal disorders.
Some people apply linden directly to the skin for itchy skin, joint pain (rheumatism), and certain lower leg wounds (ulcus cruris) caused by poor blood circulation.
How it works
Linden seems to reduce the amount of mucus produced and relieve anxiety. But, more information is needed.
Not ProvenSleep disorders (insomnia)Headaches including migrainesProblems with bladder control (incontinence)Excessive bleeding (hemorrhage)Itchy skinPainful swelling of joints (rheumatism)BronchitisCoughSpasmsBloatingCausing sweatingOther conditions
Linden might be safe when taken by mouth. When used on the skin, linden might cause itching.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of linden duringpregnancyandbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Are there any interactions with medications?
Heart disease: Frequent use of linden tea has been linked with heart damage. If you have heart disease, do not use linden without medical supervision.
Linden might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking linden might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.