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European linden trees are large deciduous trees and are found in north temperate regions of North America, Europe, and Asia.
How is this product usually used?
The dried flowers, leaves, or wood of the European linden tree are used medicinally. Linden is taken orallyorallyto be taken by mouth (swallowed) (by mouth).
Dosage for dry, powder, decoctiondecoctionthe process of boiling plant parts in water and straining the liquid for medicine and infusioninfusionthe process of steeping or soaking plant material in hot or cold water to isolate its active ingredient preparations, according to age:
|Subpopulation||Linden flower (grams per day)‡|
|Children||2 to 4 years||0.2||2|
|Children and adolescents*||5 to 9 years||0.4||3|
|Adolescents||10 to 14 years||0.8||6|
|Adolescents and adults*†||14 years and up||1.5||12|
†Includes pregnant and breast feeding women.
‡ The total daily dose may be given in 1 to 3 divided doses, depending on the preparation.
Your health care provider may have recommended using this product in other ways. Contact a health care provider if you have questions.
What is this product used for?
European linden has been used to:
- help relieve nervousness and restlessness
- help relieve cough and throat irritation in colds and mucous buildup of the respiratory tract
There is not enough reliable evidence to show whether European linden is effective for any of these uses.
Your health care provider may have recommended this product for other conditions. Contact a health care provider if you have questions.
What else should I be aware of?
Allergic reactions may occur. Stop using European linden if you have an allergic reaction. Frequent use of linden tea can cause heart damage.
Linden may interact with diureticdiuretican agent that increases urine flows (e.g., furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide) or lithium.
Do not use European linden if you are allergic to it or to any plants in the Tiliaceae family. Consult a health care provider if symptoms persist or worsen.
Before taking any new medications, including natural health products, speak to your physician, pharmacist, or other health care provider. Tell your health care provider about any natural health products you may be taking.
- Health Canada. License Natural Health Products Database. Linden, European. http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/monoReq.do?id=130 (Accessed March 9 , 2014)
- Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. Linden. http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/nd/PrintVersion.aspx?id=550. (Accessed March 9, 2014)
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