Perennial herb reaching 1.2m/4ft high with toothed leaves and clusters of creamy scented flowers. Prefers moist conditions and can often be seen along river and canal banks. Does well in full sun.
Meadowsweet has a long tradition as a medicinal and strewing herb. It is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties, and an ability to reduce acid levels in the body. It is used for arthritic and gastric/digestive conditions to aid reduction of inflammation and pain.
Flowering tops and leaves are harvested in summer. Used as a tincture or tea. Dried leaves can be used as an herbal tea or to sweeten other teas. Flowers are used to flavour drinks.