Also referred to as Bridewort, Meadow Queen, Meadsweet, Meadow-Wort, Pride of the Meadow, Lady of the Meadow and Queen of the Meadow, Meadowsweet is a perennial herb native to most of Europe and Western Asia, though it has also been widely introduced and naturalized in North America.
Though used mainly by herbalists as a digestive remedy, interestingly it was Meadowsweet (as well as Willow Bark) from which Aspirin was first developed in 1897, when scientist Felix Hoffman created a synthetically altered version of the anti-inflammatory agent salicin, or salicycil acid, which is contained in Meadowsweet.
Needless to say then, with its high concentration of salicycil acid, this exquisite flowering herb contains powerful anti-inflammatory and painkilling properties, and some herbalists thus tend to prescribe Meadowseet for migraines and headaches, as well as colds and fevers and general pain relief.
Meadowsweet has also been used to treat chronic conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism.
Traditionally, though, herbal medicine tends to favour Meadowsweet primarily to treat digestive conditions such as heartburn, hyperacidity, acid reflux (or GERD – Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease), gastric and peptic ulcers and other gastric ailments.
To make a tea: Use 1-2 teaspoons of Earthfare Organic Meadowsweet to a cup of boiling water and allow to brew for several minutes before drinking.
For further information on the properties and use of Meadowsweet we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.