Botanical name: Filipendula ulmari
Other names: Queen of the Meadow, Honey Wine Herb, Meadowort, Bridewort
Part used: leaf
Action (karma): astringent, diuretic, antiseptic, antih-rheumatic, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, cholagogue, aromatic.
Dose: Infuse 1 teaspoon of herb for 5 minutes in a cup of boiled water, covered with a lid, taken as needed.
Contraindications: Long-term use of meadowsweet (madhur) should be avoided by people with a tendency towards constipation, by pregnant women and anyone allergic to aspirin.
Meadowsweet is a herbal pain reliever, fever reducing and anti-inflammatory. It is used for heartburn and as a herbal digestive because it protects and soothes the mucous membranes of the digestive tract.
Ref: ‘Ayurvedic Medicine by Sebastian Pole; ‘Ayurvedic Pharmacology & Therapeutic Uses of Medicinal Plants’ by Vaidya V.M. Gogte; ‘Yogi of Herbs’ by V. Lad & D. Frawley; ‘Herbs Are Special’ by Isabel Shipard.