The linden herb has been rampantly used in European folk medicine and belongs to the lime species of Tilia. There are basically two types of linden the Tilia cordata and the Tilia platyphyllos. Historically, these are known to soothe the nerves and treat all kinds of health problems that were associated with anxiety. When steeped in tea, they eased anxiety, irregular heartbeat, cough, cold, indigestion and vomiting. The active ingredients in the herb also help treat a fever by promoting sweating.
The linden is a deciduous tree that can grow up to 90 ft in height .They thrive in northern temperate climates and can live up to 1000 years. Their fragrance varies according to the species and can be strong, sweet or rich. The flowers, when dried are sticky and the fruit is slimy and sweet to taste. All parts of the plant are used for medicinal purposes.
The flowers contain flavonoids, which act as antioxidants, mucilage components and volatile oil that can reduce inflammation. The tannins in the plant also act as astringents. The linden is available in the form of dried flower preparations and fluid extracts inclusive of tincture.