Meadowsweet (or mead wort) can be used for colds, bronchitis, upset stomach, heartburn, peptic ulcer disease, and joint disorders including gout. It is also used to increase urine output and kill germs in the urine of people with bladder infections. Meadowsweet contains tannins, which might decrease inflammation (swelling) and decrease mucus (phlegm). It also has small amounts of salicylates, which are similar to aspirin.
Actions: Alterative, Antacid, Anti-inflammatory, Antipyretic, Antirheumatic, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Aromatic, Astringent, Diuretic, Mucilage, Stomachic, Tonic.
Usages: For rheumatic and arthritic pain, bladder and kidney disorders and reducing fever. Contains salicylic acid, the substance from which acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) was synthesized.