Filipendula ulmaria

© Hans Hillewaert

Also known as bridewort, dollof, lady of the meadow, meadow queen, meadow-wort, pride of the meadow or ulmaria.

The story…

Meadowsweet is native to Europe. It grows on wet soil, in particular on river banks and in ditches, damps meadows and alder forests. It has served as a model for the creation of the aspirin molecule and is also used as flavor in creams and desserts, or put to macerate in wine or beer.


Anti-inflammatory and analgesic

Meadowsweet eases inflammations (chronic or not) of joints (including those due to arthrosis, arthritis and rheumatism), muscles (sore muscles, cramp) and tendons, and limits the pain. Use internally (infusion) or externally (ointment, or infusion or oily macerate applied with compresses). It helps in case of intestinal inflammations. Taken as an infusion, it decreases fever and also has a diaphoretic effect, which means it facilitates perspiration.

Ulcer and heartburn

Meadowsweet helps to regenerate lesions caused by a stomach or duodenal ulcer. It limits gastric reflux, notably oesophagitis, and heartburns. Drink infusion regularly along the day, between meals.


Infusion: 20g dried flowers per liter; heat water to 85°C. For ulcers, can be combined with plantago leaves and German chamomile.


Contraindicated for people allergic to aspirin ot taking anti-coagulants. Take away from any medicament to avoid interference, and from meals. In case of persistent symptoms or if you have any doubts, consult a doctor. 

© H.Zell