The linden is a medium-sized deciduous tree that usually reaches a height of 60 to 120 feet. Commonly found in North America and Europe, the linden tree has large, deep roots and smooth, reddish twigs. It has gray-colored bark and simple leaves. The flowers are pleasant-smelling and are of a yellowish-white hue. It has a cream-colored, round nutlet for its fruit. The active constituents of the linden leaves and flowers are mucilages, tannins, volatile oils, and antioxidant flavonoids. Linden tea can be made by infusing about a handful of flowers and leaves in a 250 ml cup of hot water. Let the mix stand for about 5 to 7 minutes. Linden tea is a pleasant-tasting drink but should not be used for long periods of time as excessive amounts may cause damage to the heart. The tea should also not be taken within 2 hours of taking vitamins or supplements as the mucilages in the tea may interfere with the body's absorption of minerals from the vitamins. The following are the health benefits attributed to linden tea: Linden tea may help stop headaches. Linden tea may help combat indigestion and diarrhea. Linden tea may help relieve tension and anxiety, calm restlessness and sedate the nerves. Linden tea may have some beneficial effects for those suffering from high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, palpitations and heart diseases. Linden tea may help induce perspiration and sweating. Linden tea may help alleviate fevers, colds and cough. Linden tea may help relieve sore throat and colitis. Linden tea may help induce urination to clear toxins from the body.