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.