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Meadowsweet

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Meadowsweet

£4.50£30.00

Common name: Meadowsweet, queen of the meadow, Bride wort, Quaker lady.

Family: Rosaceae

Habitat/Cultivation: Native to Europe It grows easily in damp places and prefers ditches and banks of streams and rivers. Can be propagated  by root division in Autumn or spring, but seeds itself freely. Leaves and flower tops are harvested in summer when the flowers are open.

Parts used: Flowering tops and leaves

Traditional use: Acidity in indigestion and the ability to reduce acid levels throughout the body, and is effective in painful arthritic and rheumatic conditions. It was also used for cystitis.

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Common name: Meadowsweet, Queen of the Meadow, Bride wort, Quaker lady.

Family: Rosaceae

Habitat/Cultivation: Native to Europe It grows easily in damp places and prefers ditches and banks of streams and rivers. Can be propagated  by root division in Autumn or spring, but seeds itself freely. Leaves and flower tops are harvested in summer when the flowers are open.

Parts used: Flowering tops and leaves

Traditional use: Acidity in indigestion and the ability to reduce acid levels throughout the body, and is effective in painful arthritic and rheumatic conditions. It was also used for cystitis.

Constituents: Flavonol glycosides mainly quercetin, Phenolic glycosides (salicylates) Volatile oil (salicyaldehyde) Polyphenols (tannins)

Actions:  Anti-inflammatory, Antirheumatic, Astringent, Diuretic, Eases stomach pain.

Medicinal use: gastric problems, inflammatory conditions, Digestive remedy for diarrhoea even in children. Also combined with other herbs for irritable bowel syndrome.

Cautions: Not to be taken if allergic to aspirin.

Research:  The salicylates an aspirin type substance that helps reduce inflammation and relieve pain in conditions like Arthritic symptoms. It also has a protective combination. The combination of salicylates, tannins and other constituents in meadowsweet  acts to protect the inner linings of the stomach and intestines , while providing the anti-inflammatory benefit of the salicytlates.

Dosage & forms: Infusions for indigestion, painful joints, rheumatic aches, diarrhoea. Dosage as per product instructions.

Folk-lore: Culpeper wrote in 1652 that “it helpeth speedily those that troubled with the cholic. In the medeval > It was one of the most sacred of the Durids herbs.

The Meadowsweet is one of the best known wildflowers, its virtues have been known since the time of Dioscorides. The fragrant creamy white flowers have an almond scent of which Gerard writes “for the smell thereof makes the heart merrie and joyful and delighteth the senses”.

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100g, 250g, 500g, 50g

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