There is something important that you should know about Meadowsweet but it only applies to people with asthma. Apparently some people with asthma can have their symptoms triggered by Aspirin. If that is the case then you should avoid Meadowsweet.
Because Meadowsweet is Aspirin. The plant contains a natural painkiller called salicylic acid from which Aspirin was developed and so if you have to avoid Aspirin you should avoid Meadowsweet.
Most people don’t have to avoid Aspirin and many of us have had cause to be extremely grateful for it so it is not really a big issue….
Unless you have that asthmatic condition.
Meadowsweet has very distinctive leaves.
As the name suggests they are very sweet scented and in the olden days when people were smelly, Meadowsweet was in great demand as what was called a “Strewing Herb”. The idea was that the plant was strewn about the floor where people gathered and it would help to mask the pong.
It also appeared at weddings being strewn in the church and also used for bridal garlands and another name for it is Bridewort.
You will read everywhere that the whole plant is edible but all that it is really used for is making herbal teas and things like that and for me edible means something that I can eat. Chewing the root is good for a hangover but then that brings us back to Aspirin which is also good for that purpose.
So that is Meadowsweet. It is with us for the summer until September now.