Q. My husband and I drink linden blossom tea for nasal and chest congestion. It is the only way we can sleep soundly when we have a cold. We are both very sensitive to most medications, but we’ve never had side effects with the tea, only relief.
This tea is popular with Germans and eastern Europeans. We buy it at a German delicatessen. Other readers may benefit.
A. Tea made from the dried flowers of linden trees (Tilia cordata) have traditionally been used in Europe to treat colds, sore throats and coughs. The tea is also reputed to relieve headaches and insomnia.
Aside from occasional allergic reactions, side effects appear very uncommon. Herbal experts warn that people with heart conditions should not drink linden flower tea on a regular basis.