meadowsweet (filipendula ulmaria)

Meadowsweet is a most useful herb

Propagation of the herb is by seed or by dividing the crown

It likes a rich moist soil and prefers shade or semi sun

Meadowsweet’s actions are

  • astringent
  • diuretic
  • antiseptic
  • antirheumatic
  • antipyretic
  • anti-inflammatory
  • chologogue (stimulates the release of bile from the gallbladder thereby assisting digestive process).

Meadowsweet contains aspirin like compounds but does not have side effects of aspirin such as stomach ulcers and bleeding because it also contains compounds that are soothing especially to mucous membrane and connective tissue in the body

Acute and chronic rheumatic, arthritic, and gouty conditions with pain redness and swelling respond well to this herb. For conjunctivitis use a cooled infusion and bathe the eye. To help reduce fever especially in measles and chicken pox a warm infusion of tea is recommended

Meadowsweet is particularly good for digestive complaints helping to protect the mucous lining in the stomach and digestive system and reducing acidity, relieving nausea and the discomfort of heartburn and indigestion

Meadowsweet is a gentle yet deep acting remedy when used continuously
It is perfect for children, sensitive individuals, and the elderly
It should not be used by pregnant women, and those sensitive to aspirin

If you can grow meadowsweet then all the better because you will know your source.
If not then try to purchase organic where possible so that you have the best quality herb that you can get.