Meadowsweet (Filipendula Ulmaria / Spiraea Ulmaria)
Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) is a plant of the Rosaceae/Rosaceae family used for the preparation of herbal medicines. The rose family includes over 4 000 species of plants, some of which are used for therapeutic purposes due to their provision of therapeutic oils and compounds.
It is thought to have originated in Europe and Western Asia and is nowadays mainly grown in England, Ireland, and parts of eastern North America. Meadowsweet earned its name because it grows in wet areas such as meadows and because its white flowers and green stems have a strong, sweet smell.
Bridewort, Dolloff, Dropwort, Meadow Queen, Mead Wort, and Queen of the Meadow are some of the various names for this plant. Meadowsweet is now commonly consumed as an extract or a herbal tea.
Celtic cultures consider it a "holy plant," and it's commonly used to build a healthy immune system and cure symptoms including colds, bronchitis, upset stomach, indigestion, and some infections.
Meadowsweet herb has been shown in some studies to have the ability to fight oxidative stress, pain, and inflammation due to its high concentration of compounds such as tannins, flavonoids, glycosides, essential oils, and salicylates, which are similar to the pain-relieving compounds found in aspirin.
Another application of its therapeutic ingredients is as a diuretic, which means it helps minimize fluid accumulation in the body.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!