Marshmallow plant, scientifically known as Althaea officinalis, is an African plant. It is a natural herbal supplement available in many forms including tinctures, capsules, extracts, syrups, creams and ointments.
Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis) has a very long history in folk medicine that goes back to ancient Greek and Egyptian times. Over 2,800 years ago, references to marshmallow root were made in Homer’s “Iliad,” since at the time this “slippery” herb was a popular way to treat coughs, sore throats and congestion.
The leaves and roots of the flowers contain polysaccharides that have mucilaginous, and antibacterial properties. It has been used for inflamed membranes in the mouth and throat when ingested orally.
Possible benefits of Marshmallow root:
- Helps to alleviate dry coughing and prevent further irritation.
- Helps to alleviate symptoms of Bronchitis.
- Helps to alleviate symptoms of common cold.
- Helps to alleviate sore throat.
- Improves healing of bruises, sprains, aches, burns.
- Helps to heal dermatitis.
- Helps with the pain of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.
- Helps to prevent stomach ulcers from perforation.
- May help with respiratory disorders such as asthma.
Marshmallow functions as a mucilage, producing a thick sticky substance that coats mucous membranes. The mucilage remains unaltered until it reaches the colon, therefore marshmallow works well on most inflammatory digestive disorders.
Note: Marshmallow root should not be used if you are pregnant or if you have diabetes. It can also slow the absorption of the drugs.