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.
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