Filipendula ulmaria, "Queen of the
In the 19th century an Italian professor
isolated one of its ingredients which is salicylic acid.
acid is now produced synthetically and sold as aspirin.
drug aspirin has lost its popularity because
some of its common side effects are stomach bleeding and ulceration.
These side effects do not occur when the whole plant
is used in form of a tincture or as herbal tea.
Protects the mucous lining
Meadowsweet contains many constituents like tannins and other
substances which protect the mucous lining of the stomach.
Meadowsweet is one of the best digestive remedies. It reduces
excess acidity by balancing the acid secretions of the stomach
wall and it eases nausea. Acting as a natural antacid, it can
be used to treat heartburn, flatulence, gastritis and stomach
Meadowsweet also acts as anti-inflammatory which makes it an
effective remedy to treat any kind of rheumatic pain in the
The flowers and leaves are used to reduce acidity in the stomach
and to relieve rheumatic pain.
Another recognised property of Meadowsweet is its action as
a diuretic which is useful in cases of water retention.
On the continent Meadowsweet is successfully used to combat
obesity and cellulite.
An acid stomach e.g. can be caused by an unbalanced diet. A
change of diet will have to be considered in this case, while
herbal treatment will help to re-balance and re-adjust the secretion
of stomach acid.
As always, if symptoms persist for more than three days, consult
a qualified practitioner. Luzia is a qualified registered medical
herbalist, and can be contacted in case of any questions. Call
her on 01258 456223.
is necessary when using Meadowsweet with Warfarin because both
have a blood thinning effect.