You probably have been seeing a lot of advertisements recently about linden extracts or tea claiming that it will treat your sleeping problems. Although this is partially true, linden is not designed by nature to put you to sleep. It is a cold ointment! Drinking linden tea just to get a goodnight’s sleep can lead to serious health problems and side effects.
Linden Tea Is Primarily For Colds
Linden tea comes from the linden tree; from the flower, leaves and the wood. Those who live in North America might know what linden trees look like. Super tall and leafy. There are also linden trees in Europe and Asia. Unlike the United States, linden has been used as medicine for centuries in Europe. If you tell a European or a Mediterranean that you have been drinking a lot of linden tea to get rid of insomnia or anxiety, they will tell you to stop immediately, because you have been misinformed. So stop paying attention to the marketing campaigns in the U.S. that are trying to push linden tea for insomnia.
Just like you shouldn’t take Nyquil to sleep, you shouldn’t consume linden products unless you have a cold. Linden has exclusively been used as a cold ointment for centuries. It is known to reduce cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, phlegm, breathing problems caused by the COLD, headaches caused by the COLD and sleeping difficulties caused by the COLD.
Linden Tea Is Good For A Number Of Cold Symptoms
Are you feeling under the weather? Did your throat started itching, and you have a runny nose? Linden tea is ready to help you with that. It relieves sore throat and helps get rid of phlegm.
When the cold gets worse and makes your life unbearable, continued ingestion of linden tea is suggested by doctors. Linden tea will make you sweat and get rid of toxins when fighting a cold. This will help bring down your fever and allow you to get better sleep. It also reduces the amount of mucus produced. When combined with organic raw honey, health benefits of linden tea is maximized.
Dangers Of Linden Tea When Used For Insomnia
Potential Heart Problems
Frequent use of linden tea may cause heart problems due to cardio-toxic properties of some of the active ingredients in linden tea. So if you are already suffering from or have a history of heart disease, stop drinking this tea.
Linden Tea Can Ruin Your Sleep
Many parents think that linden tea can help calm down their hyperactive kids and put them to sleep. On the contrary, when linden tea is ingested late at night, it can keep your kids up all night. Linden tea essentially increases blood flow and this doesn’t necessarily help a person with insomnia or kids with lots of energy to get sleepy unless cold symptoms are keeping them up.
Children have a lot of energy to burn. Mentally and physically. If they don’t spend sufficient energy during the day, they simply don’t get tired. Instead of relying on herbal teas which can potentially cause harm, providing your children with quality activities during the day will make your life much easier.
Linden Tea Can Cause Anemia
Studies show that frequent use of teas with the active ingredient tannin lead to anemia. Tannin inhibits the absorption of iron and linden has a higher content of tannins when compared to chamomile. Having a cup of linden tea after an iron-rich dinner (steak or legumes) will tell your body not to use any of the iron from the dinner. Therefore doctors recommend drinking teas with tannin content two hours before or after meals.
Why You Should Drink Chamomile Tea If You Have Insomnia
Chamomile has been used as a sleepy time tea throughout history. It is known to calm nerves and take away anxiety. According to a study, chamomile contains apigenin, an antioxidant that gets you sleepy and reduce insomnia. With its comforting smell and perfect taste with raw honey, chamomile tea can literally put you out within five minutes.
How To Prepare Chamomile Tea
I prefer dry chamomile because it can be found in grocery stores (mostly international) and can be stored in the pantry for a long time. However, if you have access to fresh chamomile flowers, follow this recipe. Otherwise, keep reading my instructions here.
- Fill up your water kettle with the amount of water you will need in your tea mug.
- Grab your tea infuser; make sure it is clean and dry.
- Fill your tea infuser with dry chamomile flowers. This particular tea infuser is perfect for one serving.
- Bring together the hot water and the tea infuser in your favorite tea mug.
- Steep for 5 minutes.
- Remove the tea infuser. Add raw honey to sweeten, if desired.
- Enjoy while thinking relaxing thoughts or listening to calming music.
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