NAME : MEADOWSWEET
LATIN NAME : Filipendula ulmaria.
COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Bridewort
Pride of the Meadow
Queen of the Meadow
Bride of the Meadow
Lady of the Meadow
MEDICINAL PART : The plant.
PLACES OF ORIGIN : Europe
Eastern U.S. and
HABITAT : Damp meadows.
DESCRIPTION : Meadowsweet is a perennial plant, a creeping rootstock sends up
a reddish, angular stem, branched near the top and bearing alternate, pinnate leaves, the
leaflets are entire or irregularly cleft, serrate, and downy white beneath. The terminal
leaflet is 3- to 5-lobed and doubly serrate.
FLOWERING PERIODS : The small, yellowish-white or reddish flowers grow in
panicled cymes from June to August.
PROPERTIES : Astringent
USES : Meadowsweet contains salicylic acid, which makes it useful for
influenza problems in the respiratory tract, gout, rheumatism, arthritis, and fever.
Meadowsweet tea is also recommended for dropsy and other problems with water retention,
and for bladder and kidney ailments. As a astringent, it can also be taken for diarrhoea.
Externally. the decoction can serve as a wash for wounds or sore eyes.
GENDER : Masculine.
PLANET : Jupiter.
ELEMENT : Air.
POWERS : Love
Fresh Meadowsweet is placed on the altar for love spells, or dried is used in various love
Also strewn about the house to keep peace. The scent of Meadowsweet cheers the heart.
If gathered on Midsummer, Meadowsweet will give you information regarding thieves: if you
have been robbed, place Meadowsweet on water. If it sinks, the thief is a man. If it
floats, a woman.