Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
- Dried Herb, Cut
- Origin UK
NB. Our range of botanicals are all grown, harvested and dried without the use of agri-chemicals, non-irradiated and GMO free - see our Quality page for Quality Management & Certification Documents.
Laboratory tested for identification and compliance to the British and European Pharmacopoeia standards, and are human grade.
Please be aware that if you're purchasing our dried botanicals for human use, our range is cut to appropriate sizes for feeding to horses.
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gorgeous aromatic white flowers that contains precursors of salicylic acid – the anti-inflammatory compound aspirin was originally made from.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 a 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 - Meadowsweet's previous Latin name was Spirea ulmaria – bringing the ‘’-spiri-’ to ’Aspirin’.
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 made as meadowsweet has a long-known use for relieving fevers, aches and pains, 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, especially for our horses.
Meanwhile, back to digestion. Ancient herbalists considered Meadowsweet’s natural ability to survive the quagmire of a European Winter to be reflected in its ability to relieve the upset of a digestive quagmire; it's especially renowned for quenching acidity and heartburn. It also has certain tannins that lend an astringency which tightens the intestinal mucous membranes, helping digestive wounds and ulcers.