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
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!