Meadowsweet Herb - Herbal Tea
Found growing in damp meadows, ditches and pond or river banks, Meadowsweet is a perennial herb common to Europe, Eastern US and Canada.
Meadowsweet has creeping roots, long and thin reddish stems and produces white five peddled flowers with protruding stamens.
In the late 1800’s a component of the Meadowsweet plant was used to create an ingredient in the drug Aspirin that is still used today. Along with Vervain and Water Mint, Meadowsweet was considered sacred to the ancient Druids. The herb is aromatic and the flower scent is not the same as the scent of the leaves which give a more almond aroma.
Herbal Tea Recipe
A tea can be prepared from Meadowsweet by steeping 1 ounce dried herb in 1 pint of boiling water for 10 minutes.
Meadowsweet Uses & Herbal Remedies
Meadowsweet Tea Benefits
Meadowsweet can be used to ease symptoms associated with colds and flu including respiratory problems, aches and fever.
Meadowsweet has been effective in treating acid indigestion and peptic ulcers.
Meadowsweet works well in combination with other herbs to treat arthritis pain and inflammation.
Caution should be used when given to children as it, like Aspirin can possibly lead to Reye’s syndrome.
Those who have allergies to aspirin should not use Meadowsweet.
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