Meadowsweet Cordial

The creamy white blossoms of Meadowsweet (Filipendula Ulmaria) are in full glory along the banks of the River Barrow, Mountain River and  lovely damp boggy places around the Blackstairs Mountains. For centuries this plant was used as a fever reducer. It was also used in the flavouring of traditional ales. Meadowsweet’s healing properties have been known for years and years. It contains salicin which is an anti-inflamatory. Through the years and after many experiments with meadowsweet ,chemists came up with salicyclic acid,  which is used in aspirian. Meadowsweet Coridal, which we have just made, is a delightful, refreshing drink. It’s a bit like barley water. It was known as a cure for  upset stomachs, ulcers, heartburn and diarrhoea and even hyperacidity. Apparently, with it’s many constituents, it acts to protect the inner lining of the stomach and it provides the anti-inflammatory benefit of aspirin.

It flowers from the end of June through to August.                                                          



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About Mary White

Mary White is a keen hill walker and nature observer and intimately knows the Blackstairs Mountain-River Barrow valley area in the scenic and unspoilt area of south Carlow, Ireland. She has led tours for all age groups in the area over many years. With her husband Robert she leads the Blackstairs Eco Trails 2h Tours

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