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3 Health Benefits of Meadowsweet [Infographic]

Meadowsweet
Meadowsweet is a mild-flavored herb that goes well in many tea blends and it is packed with health benefits. Studies point to its potential to relieve joint inflammation and pain, and prevent the onset of heart disease and diabetes. It may also strengthen immune and liver function due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity.
Meadowsweet Infographic
What is meadowsweet?
Meadowsweet has been used since the Bronze Age and was often scattered over the floors of buildings in medieval times because of its sweet fragrance. It was one of the three sacred herbs renowned by ancient Celtic priests and the flower was the favorite of Queen Elizabeth I. In Britain, it was also customary to strew houses with the herb for wedding festivals.
Some of its historical medicinal uses, including acid indigestion and arthritis, are confirmed enough that it is licensed as a standard medicinal tea in Germany by the German E Commission. Meadowsweet was also a traditional remedy for headaches; in the 19th century, salicylic acid was isolated from the herb which was later developed into aspirin.
Botanical name: Filipendula ulmaria
Other names: Queen of the meadow, meadow queen, meadow wort
Description: A perennial plant that grows to 5 feet tall and has dark green leaves and fragrant creamy-white flowers
Habitat: Native to Europe and western Asia
Properties*: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, hepatoprotective
The health benefits of meadowsweet according to research
1. Bone & Joint Health
Meadowsweet is commonly taken as a traditional remedy for rheumatic and arthritis problems such as osteoarthritis. The herb is a mild diuretic and is thought to help relieve joint inflammation. During the 19th century, salicylic acid was extracted from the herb and it was later used to develop aspirin.
Meadowsweet contains salicylates, which are the aspirin-type substances that have been shown through research to reduce inflammation and relieve pain, such as arthritic conditions. Unlike aspirin, however, meadowsweet does not cause gastric ulcers, which are sores that develop on the lining of the stomach.
2. Heart and Cardiovascular Health
According to a 2012 study published in Phytotherapy Research, meadowsweet were found to have anti-inflammatory activity and showed positive results against oxidative damage. Anti-inflammatory compounds in the diet can alleviate excess inflammation, a factor in common diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
3. Immunity and Overall Health
Meadowsweet has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-rheumatic activities, according to the conclusions drawn from various research studies. Scientists believe the herb’s biological and pharmacological properties are due to its vitamins, flavonoids and tannins which are known to be effective antioxidants.
According to a 2005 study published in the Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine, extracts from the aerial parts of meadowsweet exhibit hepatoprotective (liver-protecting) and antioxidant activity, and was shown to improve liver function. In animal studies, the flower extract has been found to increase life expectancy.

Disclaimer

* These are some of the pharmacological actions that have been observed or are under study in various evidence-based research studies. Herb may have other properties not listed here.
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