Benefits of Meadowsweet: A Choice Herb for Digestion and Beyond
During the summer months, fields come alive with the honey-scented flowers of Meadowsweet, or “Queen of the Meadow.” Pollinators and foragers alike are drawn to its aromatic blossoms. Meadowsweet grows wild in wet woodlands, marshy meadows and alongside rivers and ponds. It is edible, has many medicinal benefits, and is widely used by herbalists.
Folklore & History
Originating in the British Isles and Western Asia, Meadowsweet is now naturalized through eastern regions of North America and blooms from June to September. Folklore shows Meadowsweet as a highly celebrated herb in Celtic and Druid traditions. Druids considered it to be one of three sacred herbs alongside Vervain and Water-Mint. They also relied on Meadowsweet as a staple flavouring for infusing meads and other fermented drinks. I earned itself the nickname “mead wort” for its prolific use in these delightful brews.
Meadowsweet is uplifting to the senses, and historically thought to foster peace, love, and happiness.
Traditional Use & Benefits
A member of the rose family, Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) has a distinguished history of use in herbalism.
Meadowsweet’s soothing touch calms the mucous membranes of the stomach lining and digestive tract. It can provide relief from chronic ulcers or acidity. Meadowsweet is known to ease heartburn, diarrhea, stomach pain, and nausea.
This uplifting and anti-inflammatory herb has been traditionally used to address headaches and fever. This herb contains naturally occurring salicylic acid, making it a powerful herbal ally for alleviating mild to moderate pain. Fun fact: Meadowsweet was one of the plants used to create aspirin!
Recent scientific evidence shows that Meadowsweet possesses immune-modulating compounds and may have a positive effect on the immune system¹. Immunomodulating herbs have a balancing effect on the immune system rather than a stimulating or suppressive action. This makes Meadowsweet a safe choice for those with autoimmunity or immune deficiency.*
Meadowsweet makes a helpful addition to any home apothecary. Feel the tummy-supportive benefits of Meadowsweet in Harmonic Arts’ Digestive Harmony Tincture, Herbal Bitters, and Calm Belly Artisan Tea.
Disclaimer: This blog is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your health care practitioner before adding any new herbs to your wellness routine.
1. Stawarczyk, K., Chrupek, A., Sękara, A., Gostkowski, M., & Karbarz, M. (2021). Insight into the Way the Content of Biologically Active Compounds in Meadowsweet Inflorescences (Filipendula ulmaria (L.) Maxim.) Is Shaped by Phytosociological Habitats. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 26(17), 5172. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules26175172
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