Marshmallow Root information:
Botanical Name: Althaea Officinalis
Uses: In ancient times, the marshmallow root was used to treat a variety of ailments and conditions. It was used for healing bruises and burns and to help soothe muscle aches, sprains, and inflammation. It was also believed to have immune boosting properties. During the Middle Ages, the sap of the plant was commonly used in tea form to help soothe colds and sore throats.
Today, marshmallow root is still being used for many of these conditions, in addition to some new ones as well. Its highest medicinal acclaim is as a demulcent. A demulcent is an agent that forms a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane. For this reason, it is often used to help relieve sore throats and reduce dry coughing. This soothing effect can help the inflamed and irritated tissues of not only the respiratory organs, but also of the digestive tract and urinary organs.
The root is also said to help increase the secretion and flow of urine, and it is considered to be a good diuretic. For this reason, it can aid in the passage of kidney stones, while also minimizing discomfort. Marshmallow root is also used in combination with other diuretic herbs for kidney treatments which assist in the release of gravel and stones.
In addition, marshmallow root includes factors that combine with and eliminate toxins, helping the body to cleanse. This makes marshmallow an excellent herb to add to other formulas to help neutralize toxins that are the causative factors of everything from inflammation to arthritis. For this reason, it is often used to help fight infections.
Even more, marshmallow root holds promise in helping to relieve asthma symptoms and helping with blood sugar management for diabetes patients.
This herb has helpful topical applications as well, including:
When used by herbalists, marshmallow root is often in the form of a tea or a cold infusion (essentially, a tea made with cold water). The infusion is then used to treat common ailments in a variety of ways, from mouth and skin washes to home remedies for heartburn, ulcers, colds, flu, and urinary infections.
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