Linden Uses and Benefits

Linden Uses and Benefits

Having a wide variety of trees to choose from can be considered a blessing, but there are many trees we are unaware of. One tree that is not as popular as others is the Linden tree. Read this Buzzle article to find out about its uses and benefits.
HolisticZine Staff
Did You Know?
Some other common names of the Linden tree are European Linden, Lime Blossom, Lime Flower, Feuille de Tilleul, Lime Tree, and, Tilia (americana, europea or cordata.
Lime tree, commonly known as Linden tree, is native to countries like Asia, Europe, and North America. The leaves of all the species of linden tree are heart-shaped and most of them are asymmetrical. The leaves turn yellow in color during the fall season, and some of them are found to be slightly hairy, mostly, in younger trees.

It produces yellow-colored fragrant flowers which are a major source of attraction for the bees. Even aphids are attracted to this tree. If a car is parked under this tree, after few hours, it would be totally covered with honeydew.

It is often used for ornamental purpose, but it is mainly used to make herbal medicines. Many practitioners recommend different types of trees for various ailments. Traditionally, it was used to help fight cough, cold, and digestive problems. Modern research suggests that its flowers also have some health benefits. Let's take a closer look at Basswood uses, and its herbal benefits.

Linden Tree Uses

Produce Honey
Linden tree is famous for the rich, pale-looking honey found on it. It is often called Bees tree because it attracts honeybees in large numbers. It is a very important tree for beekeepers because the tree of the production of monofloral honey.

Bark
A strong type of fiber is obtained from the bark of a linden tree. If you peel off the bark and soak it in water for a month, the inner fiber can be separated. The so-called fiber known as Bast, which is used by the Ainu people of Japan to stitch their traditional clothing, theattus.

Wood
The wood of linden trees is very soft, and can be easily worked on. During the Viking era, it was used to make shields and detailed carving. Its wood is still used to make puppets, carvings despite the various substitutes being available in the market. The brilliant acoustic properties of linden trees, makes it easy to design musical instruments like guitars, recorders, etc. Wood is also used to create diffusers for aquariums as it has fine grain which makes it easy for air bubbles to seep through.

Helps to get rid of Puffy Eyes
Lime flower tea compression mixed with cornstarch and water forms a paste that helps to lighten the dark circles around your eyes.

To control Hysteria
Dried linden tree flowers, if added in one's bath, can help to control nausea, hysteria, and, most nervous disorders. It has a calming effect on people. Dried flowers are also used to calm down fussy children.

Helps in Tonsils
Lime flower tea when combined with sodium bicarbonate is a good remedy for tonsils. It can be used as a throat wash. Also, it helps to soothe irritation in the throat.

Flavored Tea
Linden flowers are used to make delicious and aromatic tea. Take a teaspoon of flowers and add it to 250 ml of boiling water. Let it simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, you can add sugar or honey as sweeteners. Don't consume linden tea if you are pregnant, if you are breast-feeding, or if you have heart problems.

Face Mask
Lime flower mask can be used to remove excess dullness, and to provide nourishment to your skin. Just take 4 spoonfuls of lime infusion, along with a spoonful of milk powder and wheat bran. Mix thoroughly to form a paste, put it on your face, and let it sit for a good 15 minutes, wash it off with lime infusion, and check the results.

Lime Flower Pillow
A person suffering from insomnia can purchase lime flower pillow which will help get a good sleep, alternatively, warm bath water filled with linden flowers before going to bed eliminates this problem.

Treats Intestinal Disorder
Linden wood is used to treat liver and gall bladder disease. Charcoal made from linden wood is beneficial for intestinal disorders.

Perfumes
Linden flowers smell really nice, that's why it's easy to make enchanting perfumes out of these flowers. Its soothing smell tends to calm your nerves, plus you end up smelling wonderful.

Linden Tree Benefits

Relieves Itchy Skin
Linden tree's sap and flowers are used in ointments for itchy skin. Its sap is supposed to contain healing properties,which helps reduce itchiness.

Helps to relax Mind and Body
Linden tea helps to calm and soothe one's nerves. It is a good remedy for people suffering from anxiety disorders. Drinking this tea can help you relax. It works wonders for headaches too, and people who have trouble getting sleep.

Cold and Fever
Some compounds in linden help cause perspiration, that is why it is highly beneficial if an individual is suffering from cold or fever as it aids to bring down the temperature.

Treats Respiratory Problems
Linden tea is very good for curing respiratory ailments like asthma, bronchitis. It is suitable for treating various other respiratory diseases. One of its constituents acts as a diaphoretic and assists in fighting bacteria and other parasites which cause infection. Mild respiratory problems can be cured by consuming one cup of linden tea.

Helps in Indigestion
One cup of linden tea can do wonders for your digestive system. If you have stomachache due to bloating, cramps, diarrhea, gas, consuming a cup can soothe these ailments. The sap produced from this tree can help excrete bile better and decrease water retention in the body.


These are just few of the uses and benefits. Linden tea is considered safe and beneficial for everybody because of its herbal properties. However, abstain from drinking more than 2 cups of linden tea in a day. Always consult your physician before consuming this tea, especially, if you are on some kind of medication.