How The Herb Meadowsweet Could Help Your Animal

Why Your Animal Could Love Meadowsweet Herb For Health

Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) is a herb in the rose family. This is a plant native to Europe and parts of Asia. It features include, clustered white flowers. These have a pleasant, sweet aroma, used in medicinal preparations.

It's a history of usage for centuries in traditional medicine to help with healthcare. This is because the plant contains many compounds, including salicylates and tannins.

Why Use Meadowsweet With Your Animal?

It’s often used for skin conditions, digestive ailments and to help with osteoarthritis. Horses and dogs and some other animals can all use it.

How Can Your Animal Use Meadowsweet?

You can buy meadowsweet as a herb from many leading animal supplement suppliers, such as Hilton Herbs.

Is Meadowsweet Ok To Use With Other Medication or Supplements?

As with any medicine or supplement, natural or otherwise, it's always advised that you seek professional veterinary advice before trying any product, especially if you're intending to combine different supplements or medicines.

According to (Pearson, W, 2009 "Concurrent use of veterinary drugs and herbal medicines in racing Standardbreds") "There are many herbs with potential to interact with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Any herbs containing salicylates [white willow (Salix alba) or meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)] should be avoided, as they can lower the dose of NSAIDs which results in adverse effects" Read the full research here

Other Veterinary Research Regarding Meadowsweet

  • Domenico Santoro, Kim Ahrens, Ryan Vesny, Christelle Navarro, Hugues Gatto, Rosanna Marsella, Evaluation of the in vitro effect of Boldo and Meadowsweet plant extracts on the expression of antimicrobial peptides and inflammatory markers in canine keratinocytes, Research in Veterinary Science, Volume 115, 2017, Pages 255-262,ISSN 0034-5288, (
  • Domenico Santoro, Mary Bohannon, Kim Ahrens, Christelle Navarro, Hugues Gatto, Rosanna Marsella, Evaluation on the effects of 0.1% Peumus boldus leaf and Spiraea ulmaria plant extract combination on bacterial colonization in canine atopic dermatitis: A preliminary randomized, placebo controlled, double-blinded study, Research in Veterinary Science, Volume 118, 2018, Pages 164-170, ISSN 0034-5288, (
  • Zélie Triaux, Léa Briard, Odile Petit, Eric Marchioni, Diane Julien-David, Effect of simulated foregut digestion on the antioxidant capacity of plants naturally consumed by horses, Animal Feed Science and Technology, Volume 282, 2021, 115121, ISSN 0377-8401, (

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