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Saturday, March 14, 2015


Queen of the Meadow / Meadowsweet

Queen of the Meadow is one of those plants that we use the entire 'above ground part' as herbal medicine, as it is cooling, aromatic (because it is really high in essential oils) and astringent.  It is used for colds, bronchitis, upset stomach, heartburn, peptic ulcers and joint disorders including gout; and as a urinary antiseptic for bladder infections.  The chemical constituent of "tannins" are what make it an excellent astringent herb in reducing inflammation and mucus and alleviating painful discomforts.  

Even its use in upset stomach and ulcers, Meadowsweet surpasses the relieve sought by many in using aspirin.  As an herbal formula for ulcers, this helps tighten and tone the lining of the stomach, alleviates pain and aides in optimum digestion when combined with plantain, marshmallow root and chamomile for painful inflammation of the stomach.  The use of the whole herb Meadowsweet is more effective than when pharmacists isolate certain chemical constituents with herbs and make it into another whole 'drug' - the natural buffering and synergizing constituents are not present to harmonize the healing affects of the herb, and the isolated chemical actually causes more harm than good.

Check this out: 
In 1897, Felix Hoffman figured out how to chemically alter salicin taken from the meadowsweet plant to render it less troublesome for the stomach. Hoffman’s new chemical, termed acetylsalicylic acid, was renamed aspirin and was officially patented and sold by Bayer in 1900. Aspirin became widely used medicine fairly quickly and was the beginning of the class of drugs known today as NSAIDs.
Aspirin is still one of the most widely used drugs on the market with 40,000 tonnes of it being consumed each year around the world! Most people tend to think of over-the-counter medicines as being safe. However, According to the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), each year the side effects of NSAIDs hospitalize over 100,000 people and kill 16,500 people in the U.S. alone. The most common side effects of aspirin include bleeding ulcers and tinnitus.
by Thomas Garran

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