Meadowsweet Infusion (Spiraea ulmaria)
European meadowsweet (Spiraea ulmaria - also known as Filipendula ulmaria) is a perennial herb that grows in meadows, at the edges of ponds, on riverbanks and in damp woodlands. It produces a fragrant, brush-like cluster of small, pink or creamy white flowers, and is an important medicinal herb with a long history of use, ever since the Bronze Age.
Meadowsweet is a source of salicylic acid, which was first isolated from this plant in 1838, later modified into acetylsalicylic acid and sold as ‘Aspirin.’
In herbal medicine, in its pure and isolated form, salicylic acid is harsh on the digestive system and can cause upset stomachs, or even internal bleeding. However, the whole herb contains properties to counteract the acidity. acetylsalicylic acid is gentler, and therefore safer, as an over-the-counter medicine.
Traditional herbalists knew of meadowsweet’s usefulness as a treatment for fevers, colds and aches, and it was one of the sacred plants of the Druids.
Meadowsweet is recommended as a soothing herb for various skin conditions and can help with rashes and irritation.
We make our infusion with dried, cut leaves and stems steeped in boiled water.
Meadowsweet’s anti-inflammatory, tightening, toning and astringent properties make it the perfect ingredient for a firming skin cream.
We’ve used the tightening, astringent combination of meadowsweet and lily petals in our new Lovely Jubblies breast cream.