Meadowsweet October 04, 2015 10:26
Meadowsweet -Filipendulu ulmaria
Common names Queen of the Meadow, Bridewort, Lady of the Meadow.
Habitat: Common throughout Britain and Europe, in parts of Asia and Northern America
Parts used: Aerial parts
Collection: Collect the fully opened flowers and leaves throughout the summer. The small white flowers have a powerful almond scent.
Actions: Astringent, antirheumatic, antacid, stomachic.
Use: A specific for gastric ulcers, meadowsweet is particularly efficicacious against ulceration caused by drugs. It is one of the best herbs for the digestive system; it will protect the digestive tract and reduce excess acid. It's gentle astringent action will help with scouring. Also ideal for fevers and rheumatic pain.
Meadowsweet is in our Senior and Ulcer Blends. Click here
Meadowsweet is the herbal aspirin~but better, and without any of the side -effects! Meadowsweet contains a substance called salicylic acid which is found in the flower buds; the same substance is also found in the bark of the willow. In the late 1890s the pharmaceuticals company Bayer formulated a new drug called acetysalicylic acid, which we know better as aspirin.
It is the salicylates in meadowsweet that have the anti-inflammatory action on rheumatic pain and fever, as well as being antiseptic and diuretic. These salicylates are balanced by the other constituents in the plant, such as the tannins and the mucilage. The salicylates in isolation can cause gastric bleeding- a now well known possible side-effect of aspirin. However when the plant is left as a whole, in balance with it's other constituents, then you have the opposite effect- a herb which is usually used to heal gastric bleeding and ulceration! Thus Meadowsweet is an excellent example of the whole being better than its isolated components, and an example of how, when man interferes with nature he creates imbalance.
Dose: Two handfuls of fresh herb, cut small and mixed in feed or made into a brew with 1 liter/2 pints of boiling water, or 20-30 grams of dried herb daily, in feed.
(Source: A Modern Horse Herbal by Hilary Page Self)