Meadowsweet has been used as a folk remedy to help reduce pain and inflammation. Its salicylic acid constituent has been synthesized to make aspirin.
Meadowsweet was Queen Elizabeth I's favorite smelling herb.
In vitro and in vivo studies have shown gastro-protective, anti-inflammatory, anti-coagulant, hepatoprotective, antimicrobial, anti-cancer activity. More studies and human studies are warranted on certain topics.
Latin Name: Filipendula ulmaria
Meadowsweet is a tall flowering perennial growing up to six feet with delicate light yellow clustered flowers with a very strong aroma. There are a few large, three lobed, serrated leaves on the stem.
Leaves and flower tops can be prepared fresh or dried.
Meadowsweet contains phenol glycosides including: monotropitin and spiraein, salicylic acid, ascorbic acid, chalcones, coumarins, flavonoids, tannins, and essential oils.