Meadowsweet which has the scientific name Filipendula ulmaria is found in various parts of the world and is abundant in Europe and parts of Asia. In North America, meadowsweet is often used as an ornamental garden plant which adds a delightful, sweet fragrance to the garden. It is also referred to as the Queen of the Meadow.
Meadowsweet has a long and distinguished history of medicinal use. It was known to be rich in salicylic acid 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. It was also used to relieve headaches and pounding in the temples.
Meadowsweet has several medicinal properties including antioxidant, astringent, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, diuretic and tonic actions which give the herb a good range of practical uses. Meadowsweet is used for colds, bronchitis, upset stomach, heartburn, peptic ulcer disease, and joint disorders including gout. It is also used to increase urine output and kill germs in the urine of people with bladder infections.
Meadowsweet is used and has been used for many years to help treat colds and the associated symptoms. The roots of the plant have also been utilized to help treat a range of respiratory disorders including coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and sore throats.
Meadowsweet can also be used as a general digestive tonic but it is also effective in relieving acid indigestion. Studies have found that the stomach’s inner lining is protected by the herb while it also provides positive anti-inflammatory effects due to the salicylate content of the herb.
Studies have also demonstrated that meadowsweet may be an effective treatment against peptic ulcers.
In traditional folk medicine, meadowsweet was used as a remedy for joint pain and inflammation including rheumatism, arthritis and gout. Because of its salicylate content, meadowsweet can help reduce inflammation in the joints while its analgesic properties can also help ease any pain suffered. According to traditional use, meadowsweet also helps improve the health of the connective tissues.
Laboratory research has revealed that extracts of meadowsweet flowers were effective against a range of bacterial infection. According to research, meadowsweet can help destroy harmful infections including Staphylococcus aureus, E. Coli, Proteus vulgaris and Staphylococcus epidermidis.
The salicylic acid found in meadowsweet is also a well-known disinfectant that has been used to treat various skin conditions including psoriasis, eczema and acne while meadowsweet is also considered to be a urinary antiseptic. Other studies have found that meadowsweet was effective against the growth of another dangerous bacteria – Helicobacter pylori.
According to research into the medicinal abilities of the plant, meadowsweet possesses strong antioxidant properties which can help your overall health. Antioxidants can significantly reduce your risk of developing serious diseases including heart disease, cancer and degenerative brain conditions. The antioxidants present in the plant can reverse the damage caused by free radicals and protect against oxidative stress.
Meadowsweet is also renowned for its ability to ease pain and soothe fevers. A small quantity of the plant’s root may be very effective in treating migraines and headaches. According to proponents, it is likely effective because of the analgesic compounds found in the herb which have an effect similar to aspirin.
As well as helping to improve digestion and relieve acid, meadowsweet has been effectively used to treat diarrhea in both adults and children. There are very few known side effects associated with the herb but you should certainly consult an expert before trying it with very young children.
Suggested usage: 20-40 drops, 3-4 times daily in water or juice
Ingredients: Meadowsweet, Grain Alcohol, Distilled Water
Meadowsweet is regarded to be safe for consumption but there are a few safety precautions that you need to be aware of.
People with a sensitivity to sulfite or salicylate should avoid using meadowsweet.
The herb should be used with caution by people with asthma.
Pregnant women should avoid using meadowsweet because there is some evidence that the herb can cause utero-activity.
Nursing mothers should also avoid taking the herb.
There is a chance that meadowsweet can increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.
Because of the plant’s salicylate content, it might increase the chances of bleeding in patients who are taking certain medications like anticoagulants or NSAIDs.
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