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Meadowsweet uses.

Botanical name:

I mostly use it externally, these days.

I got a question in my email: "I am a student of [deletia] studying Meadowsweet. Would it be possible to have some of your information on this lovely herb?"

It's a lovely herb, for sure; I pick the flowering tops, the flowerbuds, and the leaf, in order of preference, and use the dried herb in teas, oils and salves.

I use it mainly as a painkiller externally in salves; for that, it's absolutely fabulous, and it doesn't matter if the pain is self-inflicted (achy muscles, or trauma) or from some chronical problem (rheumatism, arthritis, and the like).

My salve blend with meadowsweet (dried flowers or leaf) + calendula (dried flowers) + hypericum (fresh flowering tops) was all the rage at a local hospital for people with neurological problems; they put it onto the inflamed cuticles of spastics. I'm told that spastics tend to get cuticle inflammations rather a lot.

Instead of having to give antibiotics for a week (with upset gut, with MORE spasticity for the afflicted), the salve solved the problem within 48 hours, every time.

Alas, internal use. See, long long long ago I made a tea and left it to steep for way too long -- and still drank that tea. Since then, the taste isn't "mmm, nice" but "yuk, soapy". And I find that I'm reluctant to give herbs which I don't like the taste of to clients ...

Chris Hedley uses it for stomach ulcers (along with other herbs), and the times I've given it for that (as a tea), it's worked nicely (with other herbs: a gentle astringent like Epilobium, a mucilaginous herb like mallow leaf, a gentle healer like Plantago or Calendula, plus possibly also Hypericum, just because). (That's a tea blend; take 1 teaspoon to 1/2 cup of boiling water, let steep 5-10 minutes, drink 2-3 teacups a day for a few weeks).

It's a sweater (= diaphoretic) for the flu and things, but people don't generally come to me with the flu - and as I really don't like the taste myself anymore, I haven't tried it on family either. Instead, I use yarrow.

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Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) is difficult to grow in Florida, and I have never been able to coax if to flower. I'll keep trying. I use it in tincture form for that bloated, gassy feeling after eating too much or something that caused my stomach to rebel; also for aches and pains of muscular overexertion. While I am sure oversteeped Meadowsweet is yucky, it isn't much better when steeped for a little bit, which I why I prefer the tincture. I have had success making the tincture from dried flowers and herb. I also use it in a tincture formula for irritable bowel combined with crampbark and chamomile.

Cool, thanks!

Great reading

Thanks.

Can you please explain how you make the salve you mentioned? I usually infuse the herbs in oil, then make salves with beeswax. Do you use the actual flower parts in the salve? Thanks!

Great! Thanks! I can't wait to add another salve to my medicine chest!

I've just stumbled across this blog for the first time and it's fantastic, thank you :)



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