Our farmed Meadowsweet ~ (Spiraea ulmaria) also known as Queen of the Meadow ~ It’s been used for centuries to brew tea and as part of traditional cultural English medicine. "Various parts of the Meadowsweet plant have been used medicinally for centuries, primarily for the relief of inflammatory pain and fever, but other uses have included the care of gout, joint disorders, gastrointestinal complaints, including peptic ulceration, and the treatment of diarrhoea." "Its anti-inflammatory effects can be accounted for by the fact that all parts of the plant contain several salicylate compounds, including salicylic acid itself. In 1838 an Italian professor, Rafaele Piria, produced salicylic acid from the flower buds of Meadowsweet. Then, in 1897, when Felix Hoffmann, working for the German drug company Bayer, produced acetylsalicylic acid, he used salicin produced from Meadowsweet plants. This led to the development of the brand name Aspirin, which was derived from the botanical name at the time for meadowsweet, Spiraea ulmaria." Salicylic acid is more famously known to come from White Willow, however the other compounds within Meadowsweet make it much easier on the lining of the stomach.
As a digestive aid, the Meadowsweet herb is hard to beat. It soothes and protects the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and stomach lining whilst reducing acidity. Studies have found that Meadowsweet can also promote the healing of chronic ulcers and prevent lesions from developing in the stomach. It is used in the treatment of heartburn, hyperacidity, gastritis and peptic ulceration. Its gentle astringency is useful in calming diarrhoea.
"Meadowsweet has also been shown in scientific research to inhibit the growth of the Helicobacter pylori bacteria. Whilst many people can have this bacteria living inside them for an entire lifetime and not know about it, this silent but potentially deadly bacteria can wreak havoc within the gastric system. Not only can it increase the risk of developing gastric cancer by up to 6 times, it is often at the root of many other digestive problems such as ulcers and gastritis."
"Meadowsweet has a long and distinguished history of herbalism and is mentioned in some of the most famous literary works of the middle ages. Meadowsweet was one of the three herbs held to be most sacred by the Celtic druids and was historically used to flavour mead – hence its folk name “mead wort”.
It has also been mentioned in various herbal compendiums including those written by Culpeper and Gerard. Culpeper was of the opinion that Meadowsweet could be used to dry the body out, stop bleeding, vomiting, diarrhoea and excessive menstruation.
It was also known to be rich in salicylic acid (of Willow bark fame), which is effective for pain relief and was touted many centuries ago as being an excellent remedy for moderate pain, especially pain in a fixed area of the body such as headaches."
Because of the plant content of salicylates, preparations containing meadowsweet extracts are contraindicated in patients taking warfarin or any blood thinner prescribed medications and also in those already taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Avoid use in children under the age of 18 years.
The anti-inflamatory properties of Meadowsweet - Source: https://pharmaceutical-journal.com/article/opinion/the-anti-inflamatory-properties-of-meadowsweet
Meadowsweet Teas as New Functional Beverages: Comparative Analysis of Nutrients, Phytochemicals and Biological Effects of Four Filipendula Species - "The results highlight that meadowsweet can be considered as a new natural source of functional beverages due to the high content of health-promoting compounds, including anti-diabetic and antioxidant phenolics and immune-active polysaccharides."
- Drummond EM, et al. (2013). An in vivo study examining the antiinflammatory effects of chamomile, meadowsweet, and willow bark in a novel functional beverage. Source: pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24237191/
- Katanic J, et al. (2016). In vitro and in vivo assessment of meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) as anti-inflammatory agent.
Meadowsweet ~ 145 g
Here’s how to make yourself a cup.
Bring water to boil.
Mix 1 to 2 Teaspoons of dried Meadowsweet with 1.5 cups of hot water.
Let steep for 10 to 15 minutes.
Strain the meadowsweet.
Meadowsweet can also be used as an extract or tincture if you so choose.
Because of the plant content of salicylates, preparations containing meadowsweet extracts are contraindicated in patients taking warfarin or any blood thinner prescribed medications and also in those already taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Avoid use in children under the age of 18 years.