Herbarium: Meadowsweet

wiki Filipendula_palmata_meadowsweet_MN_2007As an Anamcara, Tadhg has much experience regarding the use of ancient herbs etc. For him, the benefits of liminality affect body, soul and spirit, and so herbs can be an effective ‘tool’ for ushering you and I into that liminal-imaginal realm of power and potential. His work is holistic.

For discerning men and women, for a variety of requirements, Tadhg makes up different mixtures as part of his ministry.

Here’s one herb/flower that may be beneficial to you.

Meadowsweet (Filipendula Ulmaria), also known as Mead Wort, is one of the best known wild-flowers in England and elsewhere. It is a perennial plant, surviving best in damp locations such as meadows, woodlands and near marshes. Its virtues have been known since the time of Pedanius Dioscorides (a Greek physician, pharmacologist and botanist, 40-90 AD)

The fragrant creamy white flowers have an almond scent.

Queen Elizabeth I was so fond of this herb that the floors of her apartments were always strewn with it. Meadowsweet was mentioned in Chaucer’s, ‘A Knight’s Tale’ in the 14th century. And, it is one the three most sacred herbs to the Druids.

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The Lady Of The Lake by John Everett Millais (1829-1896)

Myth: According to the myth and magic that abounds in Wales, out of the waters of Llyn Fan Fach in Carmarthenshire, there came a mysterious and beautiful Lady of the Lake. She taught many about the healing power of plants, especially Meadowsweet. Just a myth? Interestingly, the ashes of a young girl were discovered recently, buried with Meadowsweet, near this lake. It is thought these ashes have laid undisturbed for thousands of years, even before before this story about the Lady of the Lake was recorded.

John Gerarde, (a London botanist and herbalist, 1545-1612 AD) wrote ‘for the smell thereof makes the heart merrie and joyful and delighteth the senses.’

Usage by Tadhg: From the ancient, traditional and complementary healing arts of the ancient Celts, Meadowsweet was very useful.

Tadhg’s Apothecary works with it, still, preparing tinctures for ingestion (usually a small number of herbal ‘drops’ added to tea, water or similar), or ‘air essences’ for gentle evaporation (usually several small ‘reeds’ resting in a small bottle of essence)  or incense etc for ‘locations and placement-uplift’ eg rooms, workplaces, or for rituals etc. Could it assist you?

Traditionally, it is used for the healing of :

  • aches and pains, arthritis
  • colds and flu
  • general digestive problems, dyspepsia, indigestion
  • restlessness, thus giving a good night’s sleep
  • skin blemishes, rashes, as an aid to healing of wounds etc.

We have mixed Meadsweet with Boneset, and/or Ginger,  and/or Echinaca, and/or Vervain (tea) as a flu preventative. It mixes well, depending on your requirements.

It is said to have the following properties:

  • an aromatic (producing a nice smell, pungent)
  • an alterative (changes the body’s chemistry, like a tonic, but slowly)
  • an analgesic (reduces or relieves pain)
  • an stringent (tightens body tissue and is useful for cuts, scars etc)
  • an anti-inflammatory [encourages the body to counter the root cause of inflammation]
  • a diaphoretic (promotes perspiration])
  • a diuretic (increases urine flow, so body loses some weight)
  • febrifuge (cools the body, and so reduces fever) etc.

‘…all of these processes…explain the effectiveness of meadowsweet preparations in the treatment of inflammatory conditions’ (Extract from The Pharmaceutical Journal – A Royal Pharmaceutical Society publication)

It is also viewed by some as important for:

  • encouraging dreams, especially lucid dreams
  • promoting peaceful intentions, and love
  • romance, and stimulating the libido.

Contra-Indications: Do not ingest/apply to skin etc if aspirin-sensitive, or if taking anti-congratulatory medicine.

Next step: To find out more, and how Tadhg and Tadhg’s Apothecary can assist you with a preparation of this herb (or a mix of this and others, depending on your requirements), do contact him for more information and/or to book a consultation, wherever you are. Please remember, this page is but an outline, and the prescribing of herbs and their mixture is bespoke and personal to you, and only takes place after a 30-40 minute (‘in person’ or online) consultation. You can benefit wherever you are.

Note: Intentionality is important. Also, the above-mentioned is for informational purposes only. This ministry is complementary, and not an alternative to allopathic medicine. E&OE. We also make a distinction between ‘raw’ herbs and their oils, essential oils etc as both are prepared by us and used differently, though for the sake of brevity the detail is not mentioned here. Do not self-medicate. Do read the notes of ‘Tadhg’s Apothecary’ page

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