Meadowsweet Plant Herb Extracts Uses, Top Benefits & Side Effects

General information
    Meadowsweet is a specie that belongs to the bushes. The botanical name for Meadowsweet is Filipendula ulmaria. There are also some other Meadowsweet genera ( singular: genus) such as for example the Filipendula vulgaris or small Meadowsweet.

   These species of the Meadowsweet plant should not be collected as medicinal herb because it is threatened by extinction. Meadowsweet grows in Europe in different areas. Often, this plant grow on river banks, ditches, damp meadows and the likes since the plat prefers wetlands.

Origin and Nature of Meadowsweet
    The origin of Meadowsweet probably lies in Central and Eastern Europe. In the meantime, this plant is practical to be found in all European countries. In addition, Meadowsweet can also be found in some areas in America and Asia.

    The plant is perennial and can survive over here in Europe without another winter. The root of this plant is lignify and can be described as creeping Rhizome. The plant is very easy to recognize, with the ELMS, a little reminiscent of the leaves on their feathery leaves.

    Meadowsweet plants grow up to 200 cm size and bloom in summer between June and July. This plant has white small flowers that stand together like a screen. The flowers smell sweet, slightly honey-like.

    Plant develops after fertilization and the Meadowsweet nut-like fruits can be collected in the late autumn. You can collect the leaves of this plant for use as a medicinal herb but you've to make sure that the leaves have no white spots, but are juicy green.

    White spots can be an indication of mold or other diseases. These sometimes
occur as this grows mainly in moist areas. If you like, you can grow Meadowsweet  even in your garden.

    Meadowsweet grows very well in loamy, moist soils. In addition, the location should be rather sunny. Calcareous soils are preferred for the plant, while sandy soils should be enriched/fertilized before planting. It is suitable for such compost.

    Growing indoor plants and balconies is rather difficult, because this plant makes certain demands. It is particularly important to note the root system of this plant in its pot, which is quickly spreading. Therefore, the pots should be rather large in size
to give the plant plenty of room for growth.

    Earlier, the herb was used to Sweeten honey wine. But Meadowsweet was used not only for this purpose but also used as a medicinal plant. The Germans and Druids knew about the healing power of this plant, and unfortunately this knowledge
has been a little forgotten.

    If you're looking for alternative and natural remedies to combat several health challenges, you should find out maybe a little more about this plant, its value and applications.

Curative effects of Meadowsweet
    The efficacy of Meadowsweet as a medicinal herb is investigated a little more in modern times by scientists. This, the active ingredients of this plant were discovered. Among other things, Meadowsweet contains essential oils.

    Here, Salicylaldehydes and salicylic acid methyl ester are effective. In addition also flavonoids which are contained in Meadowsweet are known for their positive effects on our health. Tannins and some other valuable ingredients are also included.

    The effect of Meadowsweet as a painkiller is interesting. In fact, aspirin can be replaced with this plant because Salicylaldehydes and salicylic acid methyl ester have a chemical reaction in the body and produce salicylic acid which acts similar to Acetylsalicylic acid, one of the contents contained in aspirin.

    Also, fever can be reduced with the use of this plant as a remedy. Even with a cold, this plant is an effective means. Meadowsweet is not only suitable and good for the internal use, but can be quite also applied externally. This plant is effective in
Acne and pimples, blemishes and skin diseases.

   You can effectively apply Meadowsweet externally on your body; the fresh leaves of the plant can be made a Sud. It is also possible to produce your own creams or ointments with Meadowsweet. A good recommendation is the use of Meadowsweet as a bath additive. Your special steam baths can be flavored with Meadowsweet.

Side effects of Meadowsweet
    Actually, there is no side effect in the application of Meadowsweet. However, there are people who are allergic to the active substances. Pregnant women should also avoid the application of Meadowsweet. This also applies to asthmatics.

    If you want to replace some drugs, for example, aspirin, you can do very well with Meadowsweet. It is worth noting that people who are allergic to aspirin can probably be allergic also to Meadowsweet because the active ingredients are similar here.

   Allergies are rare, but if you suspect that you're allergic to this herbal substance, you can discuss the application with a doctor or therapist in advance and they will give you the needed advice.

Meadowsweet Domestic Uses
    For the applications of Meadowsweet in the kitchen and as a medicinal herb, Both the flowers and the leaves can be used for the application of Meadowsweet as a medicinal plant. The fruits of the Meadowsweet plant can be harvested. Also, even the roots can be used as a remedy. It is quite possible to dry this plant to store them for a later use.

    Meadowsweet is quite used in the kitchen, although here in USA, its use is not very popular. If you would like to try something new, you could use its plant for flavoring drinks or jam. The flowers have a sweet, honey-like taste and are therefore used very often.

   To the flowers, for certain liquids such as fruit juice, wine, or the like, they are released and long drawn there for several hours. Also pears, cherries and other fruit can be made using of Meadowsweet fruit Compote apples which have a special taste.

    To do this, the fruits are peeled and cut small and then you can pull the flowers of this plant with a little water. After that, the fruits are processed as usual.

    Meadowsweet is used in some countries for the preparation of desserts. The flowers can be used for example in whipping cream. Then, the cream is beaten. Also
sorbets with the honey, almond taste of Meadowsweet is very popular.

    The leaves of the Meadowsweet plant can be used to flavor food. Both fish and game dishes can refine herself very well with this herb. Also, the leaves can be made as a vegetable side dish. Except in the kitchen, Meadowsweet is also a valuable medicinal herb.

    It is widely known that, heartburn can be relieved with the consumption of Meadowsweet. The main application of Meadowsweet is, of course, for the fight against pain and to reduce fever. Meadowsweet has been used centuries ago and was again discovered in modern times, as the demand for alternative remedies grew.

    In some Traditions in the middle ages, Meadowsweet is known as agent and was used against epilepsy. In addition, this herb was found helpful on urinary problems and cough. Scientific studies have proven that this herb can be actually used for various diseases and ailments.

    Also, it was found that, Meadowsweet has antioxidant effect. This natural remedy can be used in the following illnesses and disAgency

Head pain
  • Stomach and intestinal problems such as bloating and diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle cramps
  • Fever
  • Skin diseases
  • Pimples and blackheads
  • Colds and flu

Uses of Meadowsweet
    While Meadowsweet can be simply prepared for drinking, the leaves of this plant are just infused into hot water. It is important that the water is hot, but not boiling because boiling water makes the active substances of the Meadowsweet ineffective.

    The tea should do for a few minutes. In addition, the tea can be sweetened with a good honey. It is also possible to make a tincture from Meadowsweet. The leaves, with alcohol are infused for a tincture. The tincture can be given with a cotton ball on the skin and be applied on blemishes.

    The tea or broth of the Meadowsweet plant can be used also as a bath additive.
By the way, the root can be used for the production of tea. Also, the flowers can be infused as a tea. It is quite possible to produce cosmetics from Meadowsweet itself.

    You can also make ointments or creams with the extract of the plant. Instructions for making natural cosmetic. If you dont have Meadowsweet in your garden or perhaps no way to plant it, you can buy this herb also in the pharmacy or the health food store. Dried Meadowsweet can be ordered easily online.

    Among other things, also cosmetic products such as creams from the extract of this plant can be ordered. The herb leaves or flowers are not necessarily cheap
in pharmacies and sometimes cheaper when purchased online.

    However, only a small amount of the herb is necessary for use as a tea, tincture, or Sud, which is why a package of the herb is very economical. Also, the seeds of the plant can be ordered online at any time. However, you should take note what variety of Meadowsweet plant is offered.

    The healing effects are not the same for all varieties. Also, there are differences in the maintenance and in the location requirements of plants. If you want to use meadowsweet in any case as a medicinal herb, you should make sure it's actually ulmaria specie, so is Filipendula the real Meadowsweet.

Scientific studies

    Although the research as regards Meadowsweet is still pretty much at the beginning. However, there are already some very good studies. Meadowsweet as a medicinal herb is known by the folk and ancient traditions from the middle ages, but
scientists have begun only in the modern era to scrutinize these healing powers.

    Publications by physicians who recognize Meadowsweet as a medicinal plant are also interesting. There are also enough testimonials from people that have tried Meadowsweet.

    If you are looking for alternative remedies, you will be thrilled by this plant because practically, aspirin can be completely replaced. No matter whether you want to use Meadowsweet for pain, fever or other diseases, you will quite certainly won't be disappointed.

    However, it is important that you are informed regarding the areas of application and dosage. An article from the year 2011, compiled for the European Medicines Agency is very interesting. This article examines the effectiveness of Meadowsweet as leaf and bloom for certain diseases.

    This herb is sold and used in many European countries. Also interesting is the list of dosage recommendations. These can be used as the basis for the dosage of teas, tinctures, and other applications. The ingredients of Meadowsweet are examined more closely as well as the healing effects of this medicinal herbs.

    The scientists have discovered that Meadowsweet has antibacterial and antioxidative effects. Various scientific studies serve as evidence of the effectiveness of Meadowsweet. However, Scientists have come to the conclusion that, further studies on this herb should be done in that, some facts still need to be well understood.

    However, Meadowsweet is effective in flu-like infections, pain, fever, and some other symptoms as they're noted in scientific studies and confirmed in their conclusion.

    A study from Russia also examined the ingredients of Meadowsweet. This, the scientists discovered, the Meadowsweet contains active substances that are reminiscent of animal produced heparin. Heparin is used to treat different diseases, such as for example thrombosis.

    Heparin helps inhibit blood clotting. Meadowsweet can therefore be used also for some other diseases and symptoms. Some interesting studies deal with Meadowsweet as an antioxidant as evidenced by the study conducted in the University of Kragujevac, Serbia.

    Here, the exact quantities of the various ingredients are specified in this study. The scientists drew conclusions on the health benefits of Meadowsweet on the human body in the study. In the study, it's recommended to use the meadowsweet root especially as a cure, but also, the leaves contain the same active ingredients and can also function in the same direction with the root.

    Those who have ever tried the Meadowsweet found this herb to be very easy to use as tea, for head and joint aches, fever, cough and other diseases.

    Meadowsweet can be used in the kitchen to make special desserts, jams and beverages. Also, the leaves of this plant can be used to flavor fish and game dishes. It is worth in any case to use the plant while cooking. It's a very interesting flavor for many dishes.

    Meadowsweet can be used as a medicinal herb except as a condiment. To use this herb as a remedy, you can just BREW a cup of tea. The water should be just hot and not boiling. Boiling water makes the active substances in Meadowsweet ineffective. The tea should pull through for several minutes before you drink it.

    Also, the leaves or the root can be used as broth or tincture for external application. Meadowsweet, a tincture is made by pouring with alcohol. This can be used, for example as a facial toner. Meadowsweet is very good against skin blemishes, pimples and blackheads, as well as skin diseases.

    It is also possible to give the decoction of the leaves, which is very effective in skin diseases, such as for example eczema in the bath water. Meadowsweet can be used also for the production of cosmetics.

    Online, there are instructions for mixing ointments and creams. A good oil should be used, like for example linseed oil. Then, this oil that's enriched with Meadowsweet can be further processed.

    Of course, there are already finished products made with Meadowsweet and may be ordered online. The Teas are especially popular. The recommendations for the dosage should be considered for all products. Although, there is very rarely allergic reaction, some people are sensitive in the application of Meadowsweet.

    People who are allergic to aspirin should try this medicinal plant with caution or first talking to their doctor. It is recommended that pregnant women do not use Meadowsweet. Meadowsweet is a very effective herb for pain of all kinds, fever and colds.

    There are also other areas of application. Scientific studies have proven that this plant contains many active substances that can be applied at many different illnesses.