Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
This herb is commonly used for inflammation of the digestive tract, to soothe the stomach lining in any gastro-intestinal upset, and dispel nausea. It has a gentle but effective action. It makes an excellent treatment for cases of diarrhea, but is also a useful herb for bronchitis, feverish colds and flu, and also is extremely beneficial for arthritis, rheumatism and gout, and has been known to help with menopausal symptoms -particularly hot flashes- insomnia, and high blood pressure.
It helps all digestive disorders: hyperacidity, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, and stomach ulcers.
Constituents: Volatile oil, flavonoids, spireine, hiperine, salicylic aldehyde, spireoside, vanillin, heliotropine, waxes, tannins, mineral substances.
Possible side effects and warnings: Meadowsweet is considered a very safe herb, with little or no side effects reported. However, it does contain an amount of salicylic acid, so anyone with allergy or sensitivity to aspirin or salicylic acid, and asthmatics ought to avoid it.
Dosage: 2 teaspoons to 1 cup boiling water, steep 10-15 minutes, strain and drink. This tea can be drunk when needed, or 2-3 times a day. Tincture: take 2-4 ml. 3 times a day.