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.