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Tilia, basswood, lime


Linden is a tree that grows in Europe, Asia, and North America. It has no relation to the small green citrus of the same name. Linden leaves and flowers have been used to ease digestion and cold symptoms. It can be taken as a pill, powder, or extract. Linden can also be made into a tea.


There aren’t any advised doses for linden.

What Research Shows

Not Enough Data to Assess

There is not enough data to support that linden is helpful in treating health problems. We will review future studies as they are published.

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Safety Notes

It is likely safe take linden for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to take for a long period or if it is safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Some linden flowers may be contaminated with spores that causes botulism.A1


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A1. Bianco MI, Lúquez C, et al. Linden flower (Tilia spp.) as potential vehicle of Clostridium botulinum spores in the transmission of infant botulism. Rev Argent Microbiol. 2009 Oct-Dec;41(4):232-236.

Last reviewed March 2020 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC  Last Updated: 6/22/2020