Information on Meadowsweet

Latin NameFilipendula ulmaria
Other NamesQueen of the Meadow
Part UsedHerb
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsDigestive system, Urinary system, Liver
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA hardy perennial member of the rose family with long sharply lobed leaves and sprays of creamy white or pink flowers.
DescriptionMeadowsweet contains natural salicylates and is used to treat headaches, fever, and cystitis. It has also been recommended for treating ulcers. As an analgesic and antirheumatic, it is taken for gout, arthritis, and rheumatism. The herb is considered a gentle astringent for treating diarrhea and excessive menstrual bleeding and an antacid for treating heartburn.

Meadowsweet has a taste of AROMATIC, BITTER and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture2-4 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Meadowsweet

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Inflammationanti-inflammatory, analgesic3-5 droppersful tincture, 1 cup infusion, several times daily
Irritable bowel syndromeanti-inflammatorytincture, tea
Headache, acuteanalgesictincture, tea, capsule
Goutanalgesictincture, tea, capsule
Heartburnantacidtincture, tea
Rheumatism, chronicmild analgesic, antiinflammatorytincture, tea
Arthritisantiinflammatorytincture, tea


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