Look out for masses of sweet smelling Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) in damp ditches and by the road side at this time of year. A member of the rose family, it was sacred to the ancient Druids and was used to flavour mead. In the middle ages it was used on the floor as a strewing herb to sweeten the air in houses. It has many medicinal uses, working very like aspirin to relieve arthritic problems, stomach upsets, colds and fevers.
Magically, meadowsweet is used in love spells, or placed on the altar to make an uplifting, light and cleansing energy. Placed in a bridal bouquet it brings joy and blessings to the newly weds. It also encourages contact with the fairy realms!