Marshmallow, Root

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DISCLAIMER this does not taste sweet like a regular marshmallow

Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis) is a perennial herb that’s native to Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa. It’s been used for thousands of years to treat digestive, respiratory, and skin conditions. Marshmallow root is referenced as a medicine by Homer in the Iliad over 2,800 years ago. Marshmallow root spread from traditional Greek medicine to Arabia and India, where it became important in both the Ayurvedic and Unani traditions. Marshmallow root encourages the natural productions of mucus that maintains, soothes, and moistens mucous membranes of the respiratory, digestive, and urinary tracts. It also contains chemicals that might decrease cough and help heal wounds by decreasing inflammation and fighting certain microbes. How does it work? Marshmallow forms a protective layer on the skin and lining of the digestive tract.

Benefits of Marshmallow Root:

  • Helps Treat Cough- Marshmallow root appears to act as an enzyme to loosen mucus and inhibit bacteria.
  • Wound Healing- Marshmallow root has antibacterial activity that may make it effective in wound healing. When applied topically to rat wounds, the extract significantly increased wound healing in comparison to antibiotic controls. It’s thought to speed up the healing time and reduce inflammation.
  • Soothes Respiratory System- This medicinal root is perhaps best known in traditional medicine for its soothing effect on the respiratory system. It can help relieve the pain of a sore throat, soothe the irritation that causes coughing, and help to cut through the mucus and phlegm in your respiratory tracts. This root tea can even help attack the underlying infection that is causing bronchitis, sinus infection or inflammatory issues.
  • Reduces Inflammation- marshmallow root can soothe the swelling and reduce discomfort, helping to relieve the symptoms quickly. This reduction in inflammation is very important for the gut, where marshmallow root can prevent gastric ulcers, constipation, diarrhea, and acid reflux disease.

 

For More Information:

“In traditional folk medicine the Althaea rosea flowers were regarded as an emmenagogue. Literature data have proved that the infusion and methanolic extract of Althea rosea influence hormonal activity and affected the morphology of the sexual organs..” Source: International Journal of PharmTech Research

“Marshmallow forms a protective layer on the skin and lining of the digestive tract. It also contains chemicals that might decrease cough and help heal wounds by decreasing inflammation and fighting certain “bugs”.” Source: Marshmallow Root

“A. officinalis indicates significant pharmacological activity in the cough, irritation of the throat, gastric inflammation, anti-tumor, antiviral and immunostimulant. Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory activities, effects on mucociliary transport, adhesion of polysaccharide to buccal membranes and reduction of cough are reported. A. officinalis is widely used in the irritation of oral, pharyngeal mucosa and associated dry cough. Mild gastritis, skin burns and for insect bites. It is also used as a catarrh of the mouth, throat, gastrointestinal tract and urinary tract, as well as for inflammation, ulcers, abscesses, burns, constipation and diarrhea”Pharmacological activity of Althaea officinalis L.

 

Preparation Steps

Brewing your tea doesn’t have to be hard; follow these steps for the perfect cup of tea.

1 tsp per 8 oz
8 oz
212F
3-5 minutes

Related Resource:

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-774/marshmallow

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