Also Known as: Filipendula ulmaria, Dropwort, Bridewort, Queen of the Meadow, Trumpet weed, Rios Cuchulainn, Meadow wort, Drop wort, Pride of the Meadow.
Farming Type: Organic
Meadowsweet is one of the most common herbs, growing wild throughout Europe and Asia, and naturalized to grow throughout North America’s Eastern coast. It was one of the three sacred herbs renowned by Druids, along with vervain and water-mint. Its historical medicinal uses are confirmed enough that it is licensed as a standard medicinal tea in Germany by the German E Commission. In tea infusions, as a capsule or extract and sometimes included in food. The flowers are used as a natural sweetener for teas, foods and other beverages.
Note: Since meadowsweet contains small amounts of salicilate, it should not be used by people with a sensitivity to aspirin or similar products. For the same reason, it should not be used by children under the age of sixteen with high fevers, particularly if the cause may be viral, because of the rare but very real risk of Reyes syndrome. It is not recommended for use by those taking blood thinning medications.
In rituals, meadowsweet is used to promote joy, peace and happiness, as well as to aid in divination. It is also associated with Beltane. Bundles of dried meadowsweet placed around your home can keep your household peaceful. As one specific form of divination, you can use Midsummer meadowsweet to find out more about a thief. Place the fresh herbs in water, and if it sinks, the person who robbed you is a man. If it floats, then it is a woman. Meadowsweet is associated with the Celtic moon Goddess, Aine. She is believed to be the one who gave meadowsweet its lovely smell.
Keywords: Love. Divination, Peace, Happiness
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