I always keep the liquid extract of meadowsweet at home. I feel that it's a little safer to use than aspirin as it doesn't have the same side effects that aspirin does. I have a sensitive stomach for example, and I am not able to take much aspirin because it gives me heartburn.
Meadowsweet, on the other hand, can actually be used to treat stomach acidity. So I can take that as a pain reliever for headaches if I need to. My dad lives with us and he has arthritis which he sometimes takes meadowsweet for. I give a little meadowsweet to my kids if they have diarrhea. I think that this is the best multi-purpose medicine that moms should have at home.