Meadowsweet is a perennial herb of the Rose family (Rosaceae). Flower heads were harvested in Serpukhovskiy district of Moscow region in July 2016, and dried with big presicion under low temperatures.
The herb contains ascorbic acid, salycylates, flavonoids, cumarin traces, phenol-carbonic acids, tannins, essential oil, catechines, oleanolic and ursolic acids, and carotenoids.
It has prominent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, heals wounds and strengthens blood vessels. In natural medecine, meadowsweet infusions are used as a general tonic, in treatment of colds and rheumatic pains, and as antihelminthic and diuretic agent. It can also be applied topically to cure arthritis, rheumatism, trophic ulcers, pyogenic abscesses, as well as for rinsing eyes in conjunctivitis treatment.
For general prophylactic purposes, meadowsweet flowers can serve as usual tea. Use "pouring brewing method" in proportion: 3 - 4 g of dried flowers to 100 ml of boiling water. The flowers can last up to 10 brews. When brewing in a cup or in a thermos (for a single time) the recommended proportion is 2 g of flowers to 200 ml of boiling water.
The ready infusion is transparent, has a lemon-yellow colour, a bright floral-honey scent, a light herbal taste with a subtle sour berry note of apricot kernels.