It was actually research on meadowsweet that led to the discovery of aspirin in the 19th century.
The herb has a gentle action on the digestive system and is effectively used as a remedy for acidity, gastritis, peptic ulcers, and other stomach upsets. Meadowsweet was also believed to relieve the pain due to inflamed joints.
Meadowsweet is also commonly sought in case of high fevers and colds, owing to the analgesic properties of the herb. In children, meadowsweet is particularly helpful in bringing down high fevers.
After being soaked in rainwater, meadowsweet can be used as an astringent and to condition the skin.
Meadowsweet tea is made from the flower of the herb and is naturally diuretic in nature. While preparing the tea, allow it to stand for a while so that the salicylic acid seeps into the tea; this provides good relief from headaches.
It is also believed to be very effective against the pathogens that cause diphtheria, both amoebic and bacillary dysenteries, and pneumonia.
- excess stomach acid
- stomach ulcers
- inflammation of the digestive tract
- reduces fevers
- promotes sweating
- muscular aches & pains
- arthritic & rheumatic aches
- cools inflamed eyes when cold infusion is applied