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.

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  1. JD

    I’m a senior and have been bothered with excessive phlegm in my throat which affects the quality of my voice quality when speaking. This condition began about 3 years ago but seems to have gotten worse and phlegm is always present in my throat. I don’t have any allergies than I am aware of. Are you or any of your readers aware of a remedy?
    One of your readers suggested ginger tea – I’ve been adding fresh ginger to my tea but haven’t experienced any relief.
    Thank you for any suggestions you may have.

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