The well-known field flower with the smell of almonds is rightfully considered meadowsweet. In the old days, this flower was used in the bouquets of brides, so even then it was called "wort for the bridal". According to ancient beliefs, the meadowsweet brings love, joy and prosperity to the family. However, our task is to consider the useful properties of the meadowsweet (the same - dropwort) and its application as a health tool.
You can almost meet them everywhere. The meadowsweet's flowers grow mainly near the banks of ponds, rivers and lakes. This plant likes to grow in thickets, broad-leaved forests and groves.
Earlier, the meadowsweet was used as an aromatic extract for the alcoholic beverages. It added a flavor to the drinks, helped to roam them better. And, the most interesting thing is that all known aspirin, was invented not without the participation of the meadowsweet. Thus, the salicin and the salicylic acid were obtained from this plant, which significantly reduces the headaches and their sharpness.
Today, an essential oil from the flowers of the meadowsweet is extracted, which is used in the aromatherapy and the cosmetology. The oil contains the catechins and fatty acids, which, when properly applied, improve the condition of skin and body.
Healing Properties of Herb
The grass and the flowers of the meadowsweet have a wide range of useful properties. So, the plant has found an application in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases, inflammations, neurological and dermatological problems. To the beneficial properties of the meadowsweet, first of all, include strengthening the walls of stomach, toning the food process and reducing pain during a stomach upset. The components that make up this plant reduce pain in the case of ulcerative and gastritic inflammation; neutralize the microbes and the bacteria that has a parasitic effect.
The best effect from the meadowsweet, you can get in the combination with plantain and chamomile, or with the root of the althea. In folk-medicine, the meadowsweet has long been used to reduce the acidity and the heartburning.
The meadowsweet's flowers help cope with the diarrhea and stop it. The plant helps reduce the pains and the inflammations thanks to the salicylic acid, which is part of their composition. Therefore, taking the meadowsweet in the form of a decoction, combining it with the yarrow, you will get a wonderful analgesic, replacing the tablets. Do you want to get rid of a headache? It is enough to prepare the decoction on the basis of meadowsweet (further, we will tell the recipe for the preparation of this remedy).
This herb is known in the treatment of chronic diseases in women's health. For example, it helps get rid of cervical dysplasia. Also, the decoction broth is used to treat other female diseases.
The plant is effective at the chronic rheumatism, joint diseases. With the fever and the high temperature, the meadowsweet will benefit, as a diaphoretic remedy. This decoction on the meadowsweet's basis will help open the pores and remove the excessive heat from the organism with the increased temperature. Therefore, it is effective and useful to take it for the cold or the flu. The recipes in combination with the other diaphoretic plants (for example, with the yarrow) are especially useful.
At the gout and the conjunctivitis, it is also useful to use decoctions based on the meadowsweet. It has a diuretic effect, so when the gout, it is useful to use a warm tea from this herb. At the conjunctivitis, the meadowsweet is recommended for the rubbing and rinsing the eyes. It also helps with the burns − it is enough to prepare a special ointment.
To make tea, add a tablespoon, or about 0.1-0.2 oz of meadowsweet per 17 oz of water. Steep boiling water pour for 5-15 minutes. If long to insist, the tea becomes bitterer. The meadowsweet (also known as dropwort) also works well as an alcohol extract, a decoction or a tincture.
A small amount of glycerin is usually added in the tincture to extract easier the tannin substances.
For the preparation of an excellent, restoring and soothing foot bath, put a small bunch of fresh herbs in a 34 oz-pot and pour over with water (if you use the dried vegetable raw materials, you will need three times more water). Bring to a boil; boil for 15 minutes and strain. Pour into a basin or a bath and add the cold water to cool to a comfortable temperature. Put your feet in it for 20 minutes.
Drink of meadowsweet can also be prepared according to the following recipe. It will take six or eight heads of flowers, twelve tablespoons of water, the same quantity tablespoons of sugar, two lemons. Put all the ingredients into the pan. From the lemons take a peel and finely grate; then, squeeze out a juice from a pulp.
Bring everything to the boil, boil for 8-10 minutes, then pour into the bottles, plug up the stoppers and send to a cool place. At any time, you may take out your supplies, take from them two tablespoons of drink and dilute the soda-water.
Ointment of meadowsweet. Dried grass is ground to a fine powder. You need to take about 0.2 oz of raw material and mix with 0.3 oz of vaseline and 0.2 oz of anhydrous lanolin; very carefully knead the remedy. The ointment can be considered ready. There is another way of preparing the ointment: one part of the grass powder should be mixed with the three or four pieces of fresh fat of any river fish, carefully kneaded the mixture.
The ointment is used externally in the treatment of various inflammatory skin diseases, burns, bleeding wounds and ulcers, infected wounds, bed-sores. It is applied on a sterile gauze napkin twice a day.
Possible Harm of Meadowsweet
To the contra-indications of the meadowsweet it is necessary to include the people's intolerances who suffer from an allergy to aspirin. This grass is not recommended for children up to 16 years old. It is not very useful for patients with the asthma and for those who suffer from the constipation.
It is also possible the side-effects and with its using. Among them it is necessary to include an accidental bleeding and noise in the ears. This, perhaps, is all that is necessary to know about such a plant as the meadowsweet (dropwort).