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Meadowsweet cut (Filipendula ulmaria)

Meadowsweet cut (Filipendula ulmaria)

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Health Benefits: 

Filipendula ulmaria is believed to have various medicinal properties such as anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, diaphoretic diuretic, haemostatic, sanative, stomachic, and tonic.

The fresh root is frequently utilized in small amount in many homeopathic preparations for various ailments. The active ingredients present in this medicinal plant are essential oils, flavonoids, phenolic glycosides, salicylic acid, and tannins.


Meadowsweet was one of the three holiest medicinal herbs of the Druids. The flowering twigs and leaves are used various medical preparations. The plant parts can be dried and store for future use. The inflorescence consists of salicylic acid, which is used in the synthesis of the drug aspirin.

The medicinal plant is a valuable herbal remedy for diarrhea, and it is believed to be very effective in the treatment of diarrhea in children.

Meadowsweet seems to be an effective stomachic, which is used in the treatment of gastritis, heartburn, hyperacidity, and peptic ulcers; for such ailments, this medicinal herb is one of the most powerful traditionally used herbal remedies.

In addition, this medicinal plant is a frequently used natural treatment for afflictions of the blood. It is also believed to be very effective against the pathogens that cause diphtheria, both amebic and bacillary dysenteries, and pneumonia.

The entire plant is a natural treatment for an acidic stomach.

This herb has been used for natural pain treatment and to reduce fever. Small amount of the meadowsweet root can be used to get rid of headaches; this is believed to be effective because of the aspirin-like components present in the herb.

A tisane prepared from the meadowsweet flowers can render comfort to individuals affected by flu.

A strong decoction prepared from the boiled root is used externally to get rid of sores and various ulcers.

Possible Side Effects:

In some in individuals, meadowsweet may induce tightening of the air ducts present in the lungs; the tightening is known as bronchospasm, which may worsen the asthmatic condition.

People that are allergic to aspirin-like medicines and asthmatic patients should not take meadowsweet medical preparations. At high doses, it may induce gastric ulceration in some cases.

Ancient Lore: A favored flower of ancient festivals and weddings, and used in offerings to the dead, Meadowsweet has strong ties to ceremonies of life and death.

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