MEADOWSWEET

MEADOWSWEET:

Also Known As: Bridewort, Queen-of-the-Meadow and Spiraea

HISTORY:

The great aroma of meadowsweet made it a popular air freshener during the Middle Ages. 

PREPARATION:

  • Infusion:

For a pleasant tasting astringent infusion, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried herb to one cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes and drink up to 3 cups a day.

  • Tincture:

Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon and take no more than up to 3 times a day.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Meadowsweet grows wild from from Newfoundland all the way to the marshes and stream banks of Ohio. It grows best in soil that is moist, rich and well drained under partial shade. Harvest flower tops and leaves when the plant is in full bloom.