Veterinarian Reviewed on June 15, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Meadowsweet Herb is one of the most widespread wild herbs that grow throughout the regions of Asia and Europe. It can also grow at the northeastern regions of America. Its other names include Dropwort, Filipendula ulmaria, Queen of the Meadow, Trumpet week, Pride of the Meadow, and Rios Cuchulainn.
Meadowsweet Herb is an attractive plant in gardens because of its pleasant sweet almond and wintergreen aroma, its dark-green wrinkled leaves and reddish stalks that stands up to three feet high.
The leaves of Meadowsweet Herb are used for medicine, while the flowers are mostly used for flavoring and as a natural sweetener for teas and other drinks.
History and Origin
Meadowsweet Herb is one of the three revered herbs popularized by Druids. In Germany, it was licensed by the German E Commission as a standard medicinal tea for common colds and fever, influenza, kidney and bladder problems, and rheumatism. It was also written that Meadowsweet Herb is effective in the fast recovery from colic disorders and can eradicate wavering and habitual change in the stomach
Meadowsweet Herb is highly appreciated for its medicinal uses more than its decorative attributes in the gardens. The fresh leaves can be used to flavor fruit salads and sorbets. It can also be made into diuretic tea that is very good for relaxing and as a remedy for headaches.
Meadowsweet Herb has been used in folk medicine as a cure for coughs and colds. It was also traditionally used as a pain reliever for menstrual cramps, headache, and fever. Meadowsweet Herb was also proven as an effective herb against bacteria, which caused diarrhea. It was also soaked in rainwater and was used as skin conditioner and astringent by women during the early times.
Throughout history, Meadowsweet Herb has been widely used in homes. Most housewives have used the herb for cleaning, or as an air freshener by drying bunches of tiny white florets and placing them in cabinets and on the floors, and as a flavoring for beers, wines and soups.
Meadowsweet Herb is effective in the treatment of hyper-acidity, heartburn, gastritis and peptic ulcer. It is also a very good herb to fight organisms that cause dysentery, pneumonia, and diphtheria. The root of Meadowsweet Herb is a good antiseptic and when chewed, can relieve headaches. The flowers are good for curing diarrhea, common colds, and for kidney and gall bladder diseases.
The therapeutic importance of Meadowsweet Herb is similar to that of aspirin, but it is safer and does not have any damaging side-effects. It is a good antacid and highly effective for treating indigestion, hiatus hernia, and in relieving intestinal wind and distension.
Meadowsweet Herb is not advisable for people who are allergic to aspirin as it contains some amount of salicylic. Similarly, it is not advisable for children below sixteen years old suffering from high fevers in order to avoid the risk of Reyes syndrome. Meadowsweet Herb is also not good for people with Asthma as it may induce the symptoms of asthma.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan