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Meadowsweet Flowers

  • Filipendula ulmaria
  • Origin: Hungary
Meadowsweet Flowers


Common Name

Standardized: meadowsweet
Other: queen-of-the-meadow

Botanical Name

Filipendula ulmaria (L.) Maxim.
Plant Family: Rosaceae



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.


salicin, polyphenolic tannins, especially rugosin-D; 0.5-1.0% flavonoids, quercetin and kaempferol derivatives; phenolic glycosides, mostly spiraein and monotropitin, the primeverosides of salicylaldehyde and methyl salicylate, also isosalicin, a glucoside of salicyl alcohol; volatile oil, mainly; mucilage; and ascorbic acid

Parts Used

Leaves and aerial parts for medicine, and usually the flowers for flavoring

Typical Preparations

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.


Specific: Use in persons with sensitivity to aspirin or other salicylate-containing drugs is cautioned.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.