Marshmallow Root is 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.
Its botanical name comes from the Greek word altho, meaning “to heal”. Marshmallow has been used since Ancient Egyptian times. The fresh young tops are still eaten in France as a spring tonic, but it is used, nowadays generally, as a last resort, especially in times of famine.
Common Names: Moorish Mallow, Cheeses, White Maoow, Althea, Mortification Root, Sweet Weed, Wymote, Mallards, Schloss, Schloss Tea, Malvavisco, Kitmi, Bismalva.
Brew a cup of marshmallow root tea, using 1 tablespoon marshmallow root per 1 cup of water (you might want to add some honey).
Make a decoction, strain and add to a bath. Use as a primary ingredient in a healing ointment. Create a marshmallow root infusion and add it to a foot bath to soak tired feet.
The antitussive and mucilage properties of marshmallow root decrease throat irritation and reduce swelling of the lymph nodes. This can help relieve cough and cold and other respiratory ailments, including a sore throat. One study found that a herbal syrup containing marshmallow root relieved respiratory ailments associated with mucus formation. Marshmallow tea works wonders in this regard – the herb soothes every tissue it touches.
The antioxidants in the root might help prevent cancerous tumor growth, especially in the lungs. Also, the high amounts of vitamin C in the root clear mucus anywhere in the body, with more concentrated effects on the mucus in the lungs. As several reports suggest, marshmallow root works wonders for the lungs. And hence, this might be a supplementary remedy for cancer. However, we recommend you speak to your doctor.
Given its high mucilage content, it reduces inflammation of the stomach lining and even heals stomach ulcers. It creates a protective lining in the digestive tract, thereby treating leaky gut syndrome. Marshmallow root also helps individuals suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Symptoms of any infection, like swelling, tenderness, or burning, can be treated by taking marshmallow root. The root has been found to kill the bacteria and accelerate the healing process. Ingestion of marshmallow root even increases urine secretion – and this helps flush out the bacteria that cause infections, including infections of the urinary tract and kidney stones.
Inflammation is one of the root causes of heart disease, and since marshmallow root fights inflammation, it can improve heart health. In some studies, this root had also elevated levels of good cholesterol.
Marshmallow root can help relieve a host of digestive issues, including heartburn, acid reflux, diarrhea, and even constipation. In fact, it coats the inner lining of the stomach and prevents burning sensations. It repairs the gut lining and keeps the digestive system functioning optimally.
The diuretic effects of marshmallow root play a role here. It helps treat a bloated stomach and even edema.
Marshmallow root soothes the nerve-sense system of the skin, which, in turn, reduces skin irritation. The root can also be used topically to treat wounds, burns, insect bites, dry or chapped skin, and even peeling skin.
There is some research that speaks how the mucilage in marshmallow root can benefit your hair. It binds with hair proteins and makes the strands appear thicker. This mucilage can also be used as a hair detangler and conditioner.
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