Photos of Filipendula ulmaria, Meadowsweet.

Filipendula ulmaria, Meadowsweet is traditionally used in European folk medicine to promote sweating and as an astringent for fever. Tea taken internally to allay bleeding. The flowers infused in alcohol impart a pleasant wintergreen flavor. In European phytomedicine used for dyspepsia, heartburn with hyperacidity, rheumatic pains, and prevention and treatment of peptic ulcers. Polyphenols in the plant have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial activity. Salicylic acid was first isolated from Meadowsweet flower buds in 1839.

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