Linden Flower or “Tilo” has been used in traditional medicine for its sedative properties for hundreds of years. It is derived from the Tilia genus of trees, which are usually found in North America, Europe and Asia. Scientific studies have shown that it may promote relaxation, fight inflammation, reduce pain, and help you sleep. One study found that extracts of the linden tree had strong sedative properties. The researchers conclude that linden extract may have mimicked the activity of the brain chemical gaba-aminbutyric acid (GABA)- which inhibits excitability in the human nervous system. Therefore, linden flower may promote relaxation because it acts like GABA. https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/documents/herbal-report/final-assessment-report-tilia-cordata-miller-tilia-platyphyllos-scop-tilia-x-vulgaris-heyne-their_en.pdf, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26144285
Linden flower contains powerful antioxidants that may help fight inflammation, potentially lowering the risk of diseases. Flavonoids are a type of antioxidant found in linden flower. Flavonoids help fight inflammation by scavenging and destroying free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells, which in turn, may lead to inflammation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18539420, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23497863
Chronic pain affects millions of people around the world. The antioxidants in linden flower may help people reduce some of their chronic pain according to researchers. A 8-week study of 50 women with arthritis, which is a painful chronic disease, found that supplementing with 500mg of the antioxidant quercetin, which is in linden, significantly reduced pain symptoms and markers of inflammation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27710596, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27995808
Linden flower has been used to help people sleep in folk medicine for hundreds of years. As mentioned before, research shows the linden extract may mimic the activity of GABA, the chemical in the brain that inhibits excitably, thus promoting relaxation, which will help you fall asleep easier. Other studies found similar results and concluded that linden may possess depressant activity on the central nervous system. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18037151, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16930893
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