Lime Flower (also known as Linden Flower) tea has been called the "nectar of kings" since ancient times, due to its comprehensive health benefits. Lime Flowers have a long history in Traditional Medicine in Europe and was used extensively for a wide variety of ailments.
Renown to “Gladden the Heart”, Lime Flowers are a well-known sedative, relaxant and anti-depressant. Classed as a nervine, Linden Flowers have a long history of being used to treat anxiety, sleep disorders and improve digestion, mood and mental function. One of the active ingredients in Linden is an essential oil called farnesol, a sedative which helps with overall relaxation and stress relief.
These delicately sweet-scented flowers were also used to treat coughs, colds and flu, and in the Middle Ages, were used extensively to promote sweating to break a fever.
Lime Flowers contain mucilage, which is a sticky substance that helps to soothe irritated membranes of the whole respiratory tract, decreasing mucus production. They are also rich in antioxidant flavonoids and anti-inflammatory compounds which helps with the reduction of cold and flu symptoms. In addition, the phytonutrients in Lime Flowers help to stimulate digestion whilst reducing gastrointestinal discomfort.
Used topically it can also help treat skin ailments such as rashes, eczema, bruises and wounds.
To make Lime Flowers tea, steep 1 to 3 teaspoons of the herb mixture in 1 cup of boiling hot water for 5 to 15 minutes.
Please note: Not suitable for people with with heart problems or pregnant or nursing women. It’s best to drink this tea in moderation and not every day.