Meadowsweet

Filipendula ulmaria, Rosaceae. This plant is also known as Queen of the meadow and bridewort.

The aerial parts of the plant are used.

The fully opened flowers and the leaves are picked at flowering, which is in the later spring and early summer. They should be dried at temperatures not exceeding 40 degrees C.

Functions of meadowsweet

  • Meadowsweet is one of the best antacid remedies available. It can be used for:
    • acid indigestion,
    • heartburn,
    • gastritis,
    • peptic ulcers,
    • hiatus hernia,
    • wind and distension,
    • inflammatory conditions of the stomach and bowel,
    • protecting and healing the mucus membranes,
    • relieving enteritis and diarrhea,
    • combating bowel infections and
    • soothing colic.
  • Meadowsweet has aspirin like qualities (without the side effects) making it useful in reducing pain and relieving fever. It can be used for:
    • aches and pains,
    • rheumatism, arthritis and gout, (it relieves swollen joints and helps to eliminate toxic wastes)
    • headache and neuralgia, (the relaxant properties release spasms and induce restful sleep)
    • softening the deposits in the body, including in the kidneys and atherosclerosis in the arteries.

Notes on meadowsweet

  • Do not take if you are allergic to aspirin.
  • Do not take over a long period of time if you have a tendency to constipation.

Dosage

Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoonsful of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. This should be drunk three times per day or as needed.

Tincture: take 1-4 ml of the tincture three times per day.

Ointment: meadowsweet can be made into an excellent ointment.

For the gardener

Meadowsweet is grown from seed sown in the spring or by division of a clump in the spring or autumn. It prefers a humus rich soil which is kept moist and semi-shaded conditions.

References

Duke, J. A. 2000, Anti-aging Prescriptions. Rodale.

Hoffmann, D. 2000, The New Holistic Herbal. Element Pub.

Hoffmann, D. 2001, Healthy Bones and Joints. Newleaf.

McIntyre, A. 1995, The Complete Women's Herbal. Henry Holt Reference Books.

Mills, S. Y. 1989, The A-Z of Modern Herbalism: A Comprehensive Guide to Practical Herbal Therapy. Thorson.

Woodward, P. 2003, Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies. Hyland House.

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