It contains aspirin like chemicals which relieve fever and rheumatic pain. In 1839, a German chemist discovered meadowsweet flower buds contained salicin, the same chemical isolated from white willow bark eleven years earlier. Salicin has powerful pain relieving (analgesic), fever reducing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Contemporary herbalist recommended this herb for colds and flu, nausea, heartburn, and other digestive upsets, muscle aches, dropsy (congestive heart failure) and childhood diarrhea.
In children under 16 suffering fevers from colds, flu, or chicken pox, aspirin is associated with Reye’s Syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal condition. Meadowsweet has never been associated with Reye’s Syndrome, but because its related to aspirin, parents should not give it to children with fevers caused by those illnesses.
The FDA lists meadowsweet herb as an herb of undefined safety. As with all herbal nutrition supplements, meadowsweet supplements should only be used in amounts typically recommended for medicinal purposes and you should always consult with a health professional first, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking prescription medications.
CHEMICAL & NUTRIENT CONTENT:
Salicylic acid, flavone-glycosides, potassium, essential oils and tannins.
Meadowsweet is a perennial with stems that reach the height of two to six feet. It has elm like leaves and large drooping clusters of small coiled white or pink flowers, which bloom throughout summer and have a fragrant, sweet almond aroma. It stands taller and has more striking flowers than any other meadow plant, hence the name queen-of-the-meadow.
Meadowsweet grows wild in marshes, along stream banks and in moist forests and meadows. It is best propagated from cuttings of its creeping, perennial, underground stem (rhizome). It does best in rich, moist, well drained soil under partial shade. Harvest the leaves and flower tops when the plant is in full bloom.
Other herbs containing analgesic actions include aloe vera, camphor, chamomile, chaparral, cinnamon, comfrey, dong quai, mint, rosemary, passion flower, skullcap, stinging nettle, thyme, valerian and white willow.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR PETS:
A tincture is excellent for soothing the conjunctiva and eyes.