Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) is referred to as the "queen of the meadows." It thrives in humid climates, swampy areas, and riverbanks. Summer blooms from June to July. It's a fragrant plant with a lot of essential oils. As a result, the scent is strong and pleasant.
This delicate flower was used by the Celts to attract love, peace, and happiness, and it was particularly popular in love spells and drinks. The addition of this flower to the bridal bouquet was thought to bring the bride joy and blessings!
In the Middle Ages, pollen was used to flavor mead, and it is still used in some beverages today. Rafaele Piria, an Italian professor, created salicylic acid from the flower buds of Meadowsweet in 1838. Salicin was first synthesized in 1897 by Felix Hoffmann of the German pharmaceutical company Bayer, who relied on the plant because it tolerated it better than the gastric mucosa. The discovery was given the name aspirin by Bayer, which was derived from the plant's old botanical name, Spiraea ulmaria. As a result, we developed an important drug that is still widely used today.
The plant acts as a natural aspirin, reducing pain and inflammation. It is a good headache reliever because it contains a lot of tannins. Meadowsweet is also a female plant that aids in the relief of women's problems.
It has been used to treat heartburn, stomach ulcers, runny nose, joint pain, arthritis, and gout in holistic medicine. It's also used as a diuretic to help people with kidney or bladder infections produce more urine.
The plant promotes intuition and trust energetically.
Meadowsweet and inflammation
The role of meadowsweet in inflammation and the treatment of inflammatory conditions is one of the most researched uses of the herb. The herb has been shown in rats to inhibit certain stages of the inflammatory process, lower inflammatory blood markers, and reduce the inflammatory pain response.
Meadowsweet contains salicylic acid and tannins, which help to soothe inflamed skin, acne, sun damage, and pigment spots. Salicylic acid is a common exfoliant found in cosmetics.
IMeadowsweet also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Clensik make-up oil and Happik facial palm are two products from MaiWistik that contain a plant.
Meadowsweet and digestion
Nicholas Culpeper, an English physician, wrote about the plant's stomach-healing properties as early as 1652. It is difficult to win the meadowsweet herb as a digestive aid. It reduces acidity while soothing and protecting the gastrointestinal tract and gastric mucosa.
The plant has also been shown to aid in the healing of chronic ulcers and the prevention of stomach damage in studies. Heartburn, hyperacidity, gastritis, and stomach ulcers are all treated with it. The plant's gentle astringent effect is beneficial in the treatment of diarrhea, particularly in children.
What should I watch out for?
Because the plant contains the active component of aspirin, salicylic acid, use with caution if you are taking aspirin regularly or if you have an aspirin allergy or sensitivity to salicylates.
Meadowsweet helps to heal wounds, increase sweating, and lower fever.
How to make one nice tea or meadowsweet syrup
Health-promoting meadowsweet tea:
- Mix 1-2 teaspoons of dried herb with 1 cup of boiling water.
- Allow the mixture to infuse for about 15 minutes.
Mild meadowsweet syrup:
- 15 large meadowsweet flowers
- 12 tablespoons water
- 12 tablespoons sugar
Put water and sugar in a pot and wait for the sugar to melt. Add the meadowsweet and bring to a boil (until you see the first small bubbles), then let stand for one day and strain into a bottle. Use 2 tablespoons per glass, dilute with water and crushed ice. You can also add a slice of lemon. It is best to store it in the refrigerator.