Spiraea ulmaria (meadowsweet), also known as Bridewort is part of the Rosaceae plant family. Native to Europe Meadowsweet is a perennial plant and English wildflower and is very common in European damp meadows. It is also found in the eastern U.S. and Canada.



  • The fragrant meadowsweet is preferably used for soothing gels and face lotion for irritated and sensitive skin, but also in face masks.


  • alterative [an agent capable of favorably altering or changing unhealthy conditions of the body and tending to restore normal bodily function, usually by improving nutrition]
  • analgesic [a drug which relieves or diminishes pain without causing loss of consciousness]
  • antacid [an agent to ease acid conditions]
  • anti-inflammatory [an agent to ease inflammation]
  • antiseptic [an agent for inhibiting the growth of microorganism on living tissue or destroying pathogenic or putrefactive bacteria]
  • aromatic [a substance having an agreeable odor and stimulating qualities]
  • astringent [a binding agent that contracts organic tissue, reducing secretions or discharges of mucous and fluid from the body]
  • diaphoretic [an agent that promotes perspiration]
  • diuretic [an agent that increases the volume and flow of urine which cleanses the urinary system]
  • relaxant [soothes griping]
  • sub-tonic


  • In some in individuals, meadowsweet may induce tightening of the air ducts present in the lungs; the tightening is known as bronchospasm, which may worsen the asthmatic condition.
  • People that are allergic to aspirin-like medicines and asthmatic patients should not take meadowsweet medical preparations. At high doses, it may induce gastric ulceration in some cases.



Other names

Bridewort, dollof, ergecsakali, European meadowsweet, lady of the meadow, meadow queen, meadow-wort, meadsweet, moerasspirea, pride of the meadow, queen of the meadow, and ulmaria.


Source: HerbalSupplement, https://www.herbal-supplement-resource.com/meadowsweet-filipendula-ulmaria.html

EccoVerde, https://www.ecco-verde.com/info/ingredients/meadowsweet

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Medicialherbinfo, http://medicinalherbinfo.org

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