Marshmallow Leaf tincture has been traditionally used to soothe and support the intestines. Herbs high in mucilage such as Marshmallow, are often helpful for symptomatic relief of coughs and irritated throats. Marshmallow leaf both contain significant percentages of mucilage; Like other mucilage-containing substances, marshmallow swells up and becomes slick when it is exposed to fluids. The resulting slippery material coats the linings of the mouth, throat and stomach to relieve irritation.
Marshmallow has expectorant and demulcent properties, which accounts for this herb’s historical use as a remedy for the respiratory tract, particularly in cases of irritating coughs with bronchial congestion and to alleviate heartburn. Marshmallow leaf relieves irritation by coating inflamed surfaces. Its primary use in modern herbal medicine is to relieve sore throat, but it also relieves perianal inflammation (when taken orally) caused by severe diarrhea. It also has mild antibacterial, anti-allergy and immune-boosting properties. Topically, marshmallow is used to soothe and soften irritated skin. Marshmallow leaf is completely non-toxic.
Common Names: Marshmallow, althea, sweet weed, mallards, guimauve, mortification plant, schloss tea, wymote, Mallow, white mallow, common marshmallow, malvavisco, hatmi, iviscus, ghasul, khitmi, khatmah, usubeni-tati-aoi
Dosage: Dosage: 20-30 drops, 3 times a day.
Marshmallow leaf tincture has been used for coughs and irritated throats for thousands of years, with the oldest known recorded use dating back to the 9th Century BC! Its Latin name holds a clue into how highly regarded this plant has been - the word Althaea comes from the Greek work altho, which means “to cure”.
Pharmaceutical anti-tussives, such as dextromethorphan - commonly found in cough medicines such as Benylin, Robitussin, and Vicks - work by affecting a signal in the brain which tells the coughing reflex to turn off. While this can help in the short-term, these medicines are not suitable for long-term use - people with chronic issues such as bronchitis, asthma, or emphysema. This is because coughing is actually a protective mechanism in the body - your body is trying to expel something that shouldn’t be in there.
Marshmallow leaf works differently because its effects are much more local. It contains high levels of mucilage, which is essentially a soothing, cooling goo that coats and protects the mucous membranes. It reduces inflammation in sore and irritated throats.
Marshmallow is an anti-tussive, so it calms the coughing reflex. This means it is not shutting off a necessary process (coughing), but is actually helping to get rid of the source of the cough - the inflammation. This soothing, anti-inflammatory action means that Marshmallow is great for chronic conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, smoker’s cough, or emphysema.
It is super effective in dry, hacking coughs, but is also great for a wet, productive cough. Whenever you can’t stop coughing, Marshmallow should be your treatment of choice.
Marshmallow is a great plant medicine for children because it is effective, soothing, and has an excellent safety record - almost 3000 years of medicinal use can’t be wrong!
Because of Marshmallow’s soothing, anti-inflammatory actions, it is also a great plant for the digestive tract. Conditions such as gastritis, stomach or duodenal ulcers, and colitis may all benefit from using Marshmallow.
Marshmallow can be called to soothe irritated skin and conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. It is an effective emollient, meaning that it coats and protects the skin, reducing inflammation and allowing healing to occur.
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