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Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) is flowering beautifully and fragrantly at the moment.  It is a member of the Rosaceae family and it contains mainly salicylates, flavonoids, volatile oils and tannins.  Its actions are anti-inflammatory, antacid, astringent, analgesic, anti-microbial and as such is very useful in digestive tract and musculo-skeletal problems but not on a long-term basis.

You can drink it as a tea but I have found an interesting recipe for “Good Blood Wine”:

50g meadowsweet flowers
25g sage
25g parsley
100g honey
1 bottle red wine

Chop the plants, then combine with the red wine and leave to stand for 1 month, stirring from time to time.  After a month, strain through a muslin cloth and stir in the honey, dissolving well.  Enjoy!

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