<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Meadowsweet
 
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(Filipendula ulmaria)
Common names: Bridewort, Bride of the Meadow, Dollor, Lady of the Meadow, Little Queen, Meadsweet, Meadow Queen, Meadow-wort, Pride of the Meadow, Queen of the Meadow, Steeplebush.
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Parts Used: The entire plant. Methods Used: Water extraction
Spiritual Uses: This herb, along with Water Mint, Vervain and Misteltoe, completes the quartet of the Sacred Herbs of the Druids.

Physical Uses: A strewing herb, the drying branches of Meadowsweet give off a pleasant and refreshing scent and it was once used to flavor mead, a honey-based liquor.

Its frequent use in bridal garlands gave it the name "Bridewort."

One of the first sources of salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin.

The herb was considered effective when treating flu, arthritis, rheumatism, and fever.

A mild sedative, it is calming and aids sleep.

The tea helps to eliminate water retention and to relieve heartburn and diarrhea.

Externally, it makes a good wash for sores, wounds, and irritated eyes.

Mixed with Red Clover, it is also effective as a drinkable gargle to soothe a sore throat.

Some herbalists recommend it for treating peptic ulcers and gastritis.

Preparation:

MOUTHWASH / GARGLE:

  1. Mix equal parts Clover (Trifolium spp.)and Meadowsweet. Store in tightly closed container.
  2. Boil 1 cup of water. Allow to stand for 30 seconds.
  3. Add 1 teaspoonful of Clover/Meadowsweet mixture. Stir briefly and cover.
  4. Allow to steep for 15 minutes.
  5. Strain out herbs and discard.
  6. Dosage: Use as needed.
 
 
     
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