Trivial factoid: Aspirin got its name from the “a” in acetylsalicylic acid and “spir” in the botanical name for Meadowsweet, Spirea. (Acetylsalicylic acid is converted from one of the medicinal constituents in Meadowsweet.). Interestingly, the plant wasn’t used in the formulation of aspirin, as French chemists synthesized salicin in the early 19th century and Felix Hoffman of Bayer rediscovered and marketed it. While aspirin may have the side effect of gastric upset, Meadowsweet in its whole form has a beneficial effect on the digestive process. Silly scientists!

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