Words by Abi Himan
You've probably walked past this creamy white wonder plant a thousand times without even realising. This plant is rife across Europe throughout the summer, with it's delicate clouds of flowers growing wild and filling the countryside air with their faint honey-like scent.
It screams summertime, but there's a lot more to this one than initially meets the eye. For centuries, people have turned to meadowsweet as a natural aid for everything from pain relief, indigestion, cuts and sores, UTIs, headaches - I could go on.
The power in meadowsweet lies in its high levels of salicylic acid, which in the 19th century was isolated from the plant leading to the later creation of aspirin - in fact, the word 'aspirin' is derived from Meadowsweet’s Latin name Spiraea - pull that one out when you want to impress your pals!
WHERE TO FIND IT
It grows like crazy all across the UK during all summer long. It likes things a bit damp under foot, so it's usually found hanging out along streams, in ditches, damp meadows and riverbanks.
HOW TO RECOGNISE IT