Meadowsweet - Spiraea ulmaria
Meadowsweet, Queen of the Meadow, is a hardy herbaceous plant from the Rosaceae family. It measures between 50 centimeters and one and a half meters and grows mainly in damp areas, particularly on river banks or in meadows. It earned the name Queen of the Meadow for its haughty appearance.
Traditions:Meadowsweet was a sacred plant for the druids. In times past, it was said to be a favorite of witches, who would breathe in its scent to double themselves – enabling them to be in two different places at once.Its other name, Spiraea, gave us the name aspirin. In 1830, the anti-inflammatory properties of this plant were discovered, including the active ingredient acetylsalicylic acid, which was then synthesized.
Properties:Meadowsweet is used in cosmetics for its astringent and anti-irritant properties. It helps prevent the development of bacteria. When combined with lemon essential oil and rice vinegar, it has an antibacterial effect that is of particular interest in the care of combination and oily skin.