Spiraea ulmaria. N.O. Rosaceae.
Synonym ► Bridewort, Dolloft, Queen-of-the-Meadow. Habitat ► Low-lying meadows, sides of ditches.
Features ► Stem strong, woody, reddish hue, three or four feet high. Leaves in large and small pairs, alternate, serrate ; end leaf has three leaflets with longer one in middle ; dark green on top surface, white and downy underneath. Flowers small, creamy white, clustered in large, dense cymes.
Part used ► Herb.
Action ► Astringent, diuretic, aromatic, tonic.
The 1 ounce to 1 pint infusion is taken in wineglassful doses for strangury
and dropsy. It is especially useful in infantile diarrhea.
Meadowsweet is included in recipes for many herb beers, its pleasantly aromatic, tonic and diuretic qualities making it particularly suitable for this purpose.