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Meadowsweet

Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)

Description

Meadowsweet has a scientific name which is Filipendula ulmaria and it is s perennial herb that has its origin in Europe. This plant tends to grow up to 5 feet tall with lengthened stems and white flowers that give off a saccharine almond-like smell. It grows in damp meadows, river banks, open woodland, edges of ponds and ditches among others. Meadowsweet tends to have a rootstock that is creeping and this in turn sends up an angular stem that is reddish in color. The stem is usually one hundred and twenty centimeters tall and it is covered with leaves that have about 2-5 pairs of indent leaflets. Some of the constituents that are present in the herb include; volatile oil, vitamin C, sugar, tannins, flavonoids and mucilage among others. When it comes to gathering the flowers, it is important to do so only during the flowering period and the drying of the flowers done gently. The other names for this herb include queen of the meadow, bridewort, dropwort, spiraea and meadwort.

Medicinal Uses

There are some important medicinal uses that the herb has to offer and should be taken in with a lot of seriousness. However, before using the herb for any medicinal purposes, it is imperative to take time and consult with your doctor first so that you can be provided with the correct instructions to prevent any inconveniences from being caused to you. Here we go with the medicinal uses.

  1. Meadowsweet contains aromatic, astringent and antacid properties that play a major role in ensuring that rheumatic and joint pains have been relieved period.
  2. It helps in bringing down fevers and treating common colds simply because it has an analgesic effect.
  3. Meadowsweet is used in treating digestive problems e.g. heartburns, gastritis, peptic ulcers, hyperacidity etc.
  4. It plays a role in inducing symptoms of asthma since it contains aspirin.
  5. It is used as a remedy for relieving severe headaches. This is because a section of the root once crushed contains some aspirin and when chewed it helps in relieving headaches.
  6.  The fresh root of meadowsweet is used in infinitesimal quantities especially in the preparation of homeopathic.

Dosage and Administration

Before you can use this herb, it is imperative to ensure that you have all the information from your doctor first in order to keep any side effects at bay.  Your doctor will be in a perfect position to give you the correct dosage and administration.

  1. Administration can be provided in various forms such as infusion, liquid extract, tincture, tea, capsules and poultice.
  2. The type of administration or form of the herb provided will determine the kind of dose your doctor will recommend to you.
  3. For instance, you might be required to take a dose of the herb three times on daily basis by infusion which will be 2 to 6 g.

Parts Used

There are main parts of meadowsweet that are used when it comes to the preparation of the herb for various healing, herbal and medicinal purposes. As such, it is important to note the parts in order to make it easier for you when you want to prepare the herb for your needs. Here are the parts used.

  1. Dried flowers are one of the parts that are used in the preparation of the herb. During the flowering period, the flowers are collected, dried gently then crushed in order to form capsules, tincture or tea that is used for medicinal purposes.
  2. The other parts used are the aerial plants which are found above the plant for instance the leaves. They are collected and grounded into order remove liquid extracts from them.

Benefits

Meadowsweet is a very important perennial plant because with it comes some benefits which include the flowing:

  1. It helps in indigestion since it is an excellent digestive remedy.
  2. It plays a major role in ensuring that mucous membranes contained in the digestive tract are soothed and protected.
  3. The plant has astringent tannins and this in turn makes it very important in treating diarrhea in small children.
  4. Plays a role in treating heartburns, hyperacidity, peptic ulceration and gastritis.

Side Effects

Even though meadowsweet is considered to be a safe herb, it is important to use it with a lot of caution. It is advisable to inform your physician about all the treatments as well as herbal supplements you are taking. The main idea of doing this is to prevent any complications or side effects. Here are some of the side effects of this herb.

  1. If the herb is taken in plenty, it tends to irritate the gut and thus should be avoided by people who are hypersensitive to salicylates.
  2. If taken in the wrong dosage, excess bleeding can result which may not harbor well with your body.

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