Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
- Dried leaf/herb
- Origin UK
- Certified Organic - see our Quality page for Quality Management & Certification Documents
- Human grade
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A beautiful native perennial with gorgeous aromatic white flowers that contains precursors of salicylic acid – the anti-inflammatory compound aspirin was originally made from.
Meadowsweet was one of the three herbs held most sacred to the Druids (vervain and water-mint being the other two). It’s still deeply respected by herbalists as it has such as profoundly beneficial effect on digestion.
However, its also known for two things; one for containing precursors to salicylic acid (also found in Willow, one of the Salix family) from which Aspirin was synthesised, and the other for giving its name to Aspirin, the most widely used drug ever made.
Its previous Latin name was Spirea ulmaria – bringing the ‘’-spiri-’ to ’Asprin’.
In the body, these salicylate precursors are metabolised to release small amounts of salicylic acid, which has a well-known anti-inflammatory effect. Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) is a synthetic elaboration of this compound.
This discovery was of course made as meadowsweet has a long-use for relieving aches and pains, whether from a fever or from rheumatism, and especially indicated for the gut system. Which is why, when combined with Willow (indicated for the skeletal system), this combo gives such beneficial overall pain/inflammation relief.
So, back to digestion. Meadowsweet’s natural ability to survive the quagmire of a Europen Winter are in some ways reflected in its ability to relieve the upset of a digestive quagmire; its especially renowned for quenching acidity and heartburn. It also has some tannins that lend an astringency that tightens the mucous membranes, helping digestive wounds and ulcers.