Meadowsweet Flowers are a beautiful, fragrant, medicinal with a long history. In the past Meadowsweet was used in the flavoring of mead’s and ales, and spread upon the floors to scent churches for weddings. As a medicine Meadowsweet has traditionally been used to treat stomach issues, colds, fevers, and as an immune booster.
Meadowsweet has pain relieving uses, even having played a part in the discovery of aspirin. In the 1830’s, in an attempt to find out what gives Meadowsweet its pain relieving qualities, salicylic acid was extracted from the plant. Salicylic acid was first synthesized in in the 1890’s to make aspirin. While Willow Bark is stronger at pain relief, Meadowsweet’s more mild effects are perfect for relieving stomach pains, intestinal pains, colds, and fevers. A balm or tincture is perfect for muscle pains, arthritis, and rheumatism. Whatever your need may be, we are happy to offer these fragrant helpers to all of our valued costumers! May they serve you well! 🙂
Health Benefits and Uses:
Immune Booster: Meadowsweet is rich in vitamin c and antioxidants, making it a great tea to boost your immune system with!
Internal Pain relief: A tea of Meadowsweet is a great mild way to relieve stomach aches and cramps, heart burn, indigestion, intestinal inflammation, and diarrhea.
Colds and Fevers: Meadowsweet tea is good for reducing fevers, and relieving headaches, as well as boosting the immune system to help prevent and overcome colds.
Arthritis and Rheumatism: A tincture or balm of Meadowsweat can relieve the pain of arthritis and rheumatism when applied to the effected area.
Traditional Preparations and Dosage:
Tea: Steep about 4 to 6 grams of in hot water to make a tea. Can be taken daily.
Balm: Melt some coconut oil in a pan, and add about half a cup of Meadowsweet. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool and strain the oil. Put in a jar and store in a dark place. This balm can be applied topically to reduce the pain of sore muscles, arthritis, and rheumatism.
Tincture: A tincture can be made by combining 1 part Meadowsweet to 5 parts alcohol( at least 100 proof 50%, although stronger alcohol can make a better tincture). Seal the bottle and let sit for 6 weeks. This tincture should only be taken by drops, and can be applied to relieve the pain of sore muscles, arthritis, and rheumatism.
Side Effects and Precautions:
Some individuals may experience tightening of the air ducts in the lungs. These are known as broncho-spasms, and may worsen the asthmatic condition. Do not use if you suffer from asthma.
People allergic to aspirin-like medicines should not take Meadowsweet. At high dosages it may induce gastric ulceration.
Pregnant and breastfeeding woman should not use Meadowsweet.
***These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. ***