MEADOWSWEET: “Herbal Aspirin”
Diarrhea, Epilepsy, Fever, Pain Relief, Respiratory Ailments
Also Known As: Bridewort, Queen-of-the-Meadow and Spiraea
The great aroma of meadowsweet made it a popular air freshener during the Middle Ages. Later, this sweet aromatic herb made it’s place in bridal bouquets and also found itself in as an herb to treat ailments such as fever, arthritis and other sicknesses mentioned above. In 1839, a German chemist discover that meadowsweet contained salicin, which is the same chemical used today in some aspirins such as Bayer, which was discovered in the 1890s.
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.
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.
Meadowsweet may stimulate uterine contractions. The herb has no history as being a menstrual promoter, but it has been note that taking aspirin increases the risk of birth defects. Pregnant women should not take meadowsweet. The FDA has noted meadowsweet to be an herb of undefined safety.