Article by Kristine F.
I’ve been in love with this beautiful flower since childhood. It grows tall reaching to the sun with its bright yellowish flowers and smells really sweet. The best you can do in a meadow full of these flowers is closing your eyes to enjoy the giddy, calming scent. Before I knew the healing power this flower holds, first appreciation for meadowsweet tea came from its flavor – it’s sweet enough that doesn’t ask for any sweeteners. No wonder that bees are very frequent visitors of meadowsweets.
This flower (Filipendula Ulmaria) has got many different names, including meadwort, Bridewort, Quaker Lady and Queen of the meadow. For centuries meadowsweet has been greatly appreciated: from Druids who saw it as a sacred plant to European aristocracy who used it as a strewing herb at home to oppress unpleasant smells. By the way, meadowsweet was the first herb used to acquire such well-known medical drug as aspirin due to the high contents of salicylic acid.
So, here are some good ways to use meadowsweet at your home and for your own wellbeing:
1. Get a good night’s sleep
Meadowsweet calms down anxiety and relieves stress, so it makes a prefect cup of tea to enjoy before sleep. You can also place fresh meadowsweets in your bedroom or in dream pillow so that the sweet scent of the flower can embrace you (the flower contains aromatic essential oils) helping to get a good night’s sleep.
2. Fight common cold and fever
Long time meadowsweet has been a well-known folk remedy to fight cold, ease fever and flu, and it’s not a big surprise: firstly because salicylic acid that meadowsweet contains is a natural pain killer that also reduces fever, secondly because of its sedative properties – that’s exactly what you need to recover.
3. Improve hair growth
Meadowsweet can be helpful using it externally as well. Besides calming down irritated skin fresh meadowsweet leaf and stalk infusion will improve blood circulation in your scalp that results in better hair growth. Simply pour hot water over fresh leaves and stalks, leave covered to soak plant into the water and then wash or rinse your hair with this infused water.
Other health conditions that can be treated with the help of meadowsweet: bladder infections, poor digestion, arthritis, joint pain and rheumatism, menstrual cramps, headache and heartburn.
You already know the most popular way of using meadowsweet – it is tea. For aromatic pleasures use fresh flowers or add dried flowers to little scented pillows. You can also prepare your own meadowsweet infused oil to add it to calming bath before sleep or massage on your skin, for example, for joint pain.
There is one warning for using this herb: people with asthma and those with aspirin intolerance should use this herb with caution. If you have any of these conditions it’s better to find an alternative for this herb as the natural world is wide and welcoming enough to offer something suitable for everyone who is looking for it.
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Kristine F. is a full time writer/ghostwriter from North-Eastern Europe. Living in a climate that allows enjoying all 4 seasons, growing up at the countryside and learning about herbs from her family, Kristine got passion for nature and natural remedies. Now she is living in a city trying to keep the life simple yet meaningful. To share her knowledge about natural remedies, DIY projects and personal discoveries about the power of nature and human brain, she has recently started a new blog: http://mugwortsdreams.blogspot.com/