Latin Name: Spirea ulmaria
Meadowsweet's high content of aspirin-like compounds (salicylic aldehyde and methyl salicylate) makes it an excellent analgesic and antirheumatic without the side effects of aspirin. It is aromatic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, diuretic, and diaphoretic. It is also stomachic and a gastric antacid that soothes stomach mucosa and normalizes its secretions. Meadowsweet is often used to relieve minor pains; arthritis, and rheumatic joint and muscle pains; headache; toothache; sprains and tendonitis; and topically for insect stings, as well as fevers, colds and flu.
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