Magical Meadowsweet for Managing Pain and Improving Digestion
Meadowsweet is a profoundly potent plant to have in your home remedy toolkit! It is best known for its ability to help regulate stomach acidity, calm pain and soothe a digestive related headache.
Meadowsweet can replace over the counter antacids as it is one of the best herbs for balancing hyperacidity in the stomach, and its mild astringent action helps maintain the integrity of irritated, burning, inflamed membranes in the stomach and small intestine. Meadowsweet significantly enhances the ability of the body to absorb nutrients, toning the lining of the small intestines.
Meadowsweet relieves nausea, heartburn, gastritis, and peptic ulcer. The pleasant taste and aroma of a Meadowsweet tea can be easily blended with other digestive herbs for a more rounded tea blend before or after a meal, to ease digestive distress.
Meadowsweet contains salicylic acid, therefore it works to some degree like an herbal aspirin and is also an effective anti-inflammatory herb. Used as a tea or tincture it can support inflammatory pain management, and can also cool fevers in children and adults.
The use of Meadowsweet is indicated for the combined symptoms of upset stomach and headache. It possesses a gentle astringent action appropriate for treating diarrhea in children, especially in food-related cases.
Meadowsweet is anti-inflammatory in the joints, but does not irritate the stomach or thin the blood. It is appropriate for relieving osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis pain and any acute traumatic inflammation.
Preparation of Meadowsweet Tea
For a cup of tea, pour 1 cup of boiled water over approximately 1 tablespoon of dry, loose herb. Steep covered for 15-20min. Strain, drink and feel better!
Combines with Marshmallow and Chamomile for treating stomach conditions and with Wild Yam for treating rheumatic pains.
Preparations/dosage: Infusion: 1 cup three times a day, or as needed.
The Earthwise Herbal: Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants by Matthew Wood
The Male Herbal, 2nd Edition James Green, Herbalist