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Althaea is derived from the Greek term altho which means “to cure”. Used historically as a poultice to treat wounds and bring down inflammation. The French used to process the root into a sweet lozenge called pate de guimauve, made to soothe respiratory passages and treat urinary ailments. Since then, we have discovered its valuable mucilaginous properties due to to its polysaccharide content both in the roots and leaves. Plant mucilage is especially therapeutic for bowel disorders, where there is inflammation of the gut lining. The mucilage allows the gut to repair itself by forming a protective layer over the surface. In the same way, it can also help calm irritated coughs, adding to its benefit as an antitussive. The leaf has indications in the treatment of urinary tract infections. A 2004 study also demonstrated marshmallows strong antioxidant capacity; can be made into a tea, tincture, poultice or powder.

Marshmallow Root

  • Marshmallow leaf and root are used for pain and swelling (inflammation) of the mucous membranes that line the respiratory tract. They are also used for dry cough,inflammation of the lining of the stomach, diarrhea, stomach ulcers, constipation, urinary tract inflammation, and stones in the urinary tract.


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