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Nature's Temple / Meadowsweet

Meadowsweet

(Filipendula almaria)

In 1838 an Italian Professor first produced salicylic acid from the flower buds of the Meadowsweet plant. Then in 1899, a drug company called Bayer formulated a new drug (acetylisalicylic acid) and called it aspirin, a name derived from the old botanical name for Meadowsweet called Spirea ulmaria.

Parts Used: Aerial parts

Active Constituents:

Essential oil with salicylates (opiraein, salicin, gaultherine), salicylic acid, tannin (up to 10%), mucilage, flavonoids, Vitamin C, sugar and citric acid.

Main Actions:

  • Anti-rheumatic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Stomachic (tones the stomach to increase the function and appetite)
  • Diuretic
  • Cholagogue (stimulates the flow of bile from the gall bladder)
  • Astringent
  • May have some analgesic action due to its salicylic acid content

Major Safety Issues:

  • Excessive doses of this plant can cause irritation of the stomach and constipation