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(Filipendula ulmaria)

CONTAINS: Calcium, sulphur, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus.

PROPAGATION: By seed and rhizome cutings. Perennial.
NEEDS: Part shade and rich, moisture-retentive soil that is well-draining. This one grows well along streams.
HARVEST: Leaves and flowers. The roots for dye.


Considered to be an herbal aspirin. As with aspirin, it should be avoided by young people and pregnant women.
Also diuretic, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, and antacid.
Has been used for pain, fever, headache, arthritis, cramps, low grade fever, some types of diarrhea, inflammation, menstrual cramps, and muscle aches.
Has also been used for gastritis, ulceration, hyperacidity, hiatus hernia and acid dyspepsia (as an adjunct to chamomile).
INFUSION = 1 to 2 tsp dry herb per cup of water just off the boil and steeped 10 minutes.

The roots produce the color black.

©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH