Meadowsweet - Filipendula Ulmaria

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This Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Meadowsweet - Filipendula ulmaria in the Rosaceae or Rose family

Part used: Flowers, upper aerial parts.

Taste/smell: Astringent, bitter, sweet.

Tendencies: Cooling, drying.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 tablespoon per cup of water; or 1:5 dry strength liquid extract: 10-60 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: Burning and inflammation is a prevalent part of symptomology.

Use: (a) Diaphoretic, (b) Diuretic, (c) Astringent, (d) Anti-inflammatory, 336 (e)Antioxidant, (f) Anodyne, (g) Antibacterial

Meadowsweet is used in colds, flu, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammation of the nerves, muscles and skin. It usually takes a few hours for it to be noticed in the body, so it is not quick acting.

Salicin and salicylic acid have been shown to modulate the inflammatory process.

Salicin is metabolized into the pharmacological active form, salicylic acid, in the gastrointestinal system. Salicin is converted into the aglycone called saligenin (AKA salicyl alcohol) by intestinal flora in the distal ilium and colon. Once absorbed, it is further changed into salicylic acid which is effective for several hours.

Contraindications: Meadowsweet may cause allergic hypersensitivity in persons sensitive to salicylates.

If you are looking for directions on making teas or tinctures, please see our "Making Herbal Products" page.

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