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meadowsweet (filipendula ulmaria)


how to grow:

Meadowsweet is a perennial that is hardy in US zones 3-9. I bought meadowsweet plants to get started.

medicinal properties and other uses:

The white flowers of meadowsweet contain salicylic acid, the same chemical that is the primary ingredient in aspirin. Whenever I have a headache I brew myself some meadowsweet tea and the headaches are gone within a short time. It has the same ingredient as aspirin but without the bad side effects on the stomach. Aspirin can cause gastric bleeding while meadowsweet is very gentle.
In fact meadowsweet is even good for the stomach as it can relieve stomach acidity and gently restores your digestive tract.
Meadowsweet is used for treating heartburn, gastritis and peptic ulceration. (A peptic ulcer is a sore on the lining of your stomach, small intestine or esophagus.)
It is anti-rheumatic and anti-inflammatory.
Meadowsweet tea can also be used as an eyewash for irritated eyes.


Between June and August when the flowers have fully opened you can collect the flowers and dry them at a temperature below 40°C.
To prepare a tea or infusion pour boiling water into a cup filled with 1-2 teaspoons of the dried herb and let it steep for 10-15 minutes.

A decoction of meadowsweet can be used to treat nervous disorders such as hysteria, neurosis and hypertension. It can also help with inflammatory disorders of the kidney and bladder. It is recommended to take 1 tablespoon (15ml) of the decoction 3 times daily after meals.
To prepare a decoction you take 5g of meadowsweet root and put it into 500ml of hot water. Let it simmer for 30 minutes, strain it and add the hot water again.


cautions and possible side effects:

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