Tilia Cordata, or linden flower extract, comes from the fragrant, white blossoms of the linden tree, native to Europe and western Asia. The sweet fragrance of the tree is so powerful that it has brought about some pretty unbelievable myths—like that sitting under its branches could cure epilepsy.
What Are the Benefits of Linden Flower Extract?
Linden flowers and leaves have been used for their medicinal properties for centuries in Europe, brewed into teas and tinctures. Thought for generations to lower anxiety, fevers, help indigestion and treat colds, linden flower extract is still used today in herbal medicine. Linden flower frequently shows up as an ingredient in cough syrups, and is used as a mild sedative.
Anecdotal evidence aside, there have been many studies into the positive effects of linden flower when consumed internally. And though there isn’t as much research that's been done regarding linden flower extract as a skincare ingredient, we believe that the anti-inflammatory properties that have kept linden flower popular over the centuries have a powerfully soothing effect on your skin.
Here's what we know for certain: the linden flower is full of flavonoids, the antioxidants that give it both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which may help clear up redness and other skin irritations. The flower also contains mucilage, a plant component known for its soothing properties. Because of these calming effects, linden flower extract has been used to treat itchy, irritated skin, and is a great component of a soothing, hydrating facial serum.