Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis)

Marshmallow root is native to Europe, Asia, and Africa and has been used for thousands of years to treat digestive, respiratory, and skin conditions.

For the treatment of coughs and respiratory ailments, this herb works by forming a protective film on the inflamed mucosa, which soothes irritation of the mucous system. This aids the defence mechanisms protecting the respiratory tract from environmental injury for faster regeneration.

The aqueous extract of marshmallow is also helpful in reducing gastric ulcers and can be used as an alternative in the prevention and treatment of bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.

Part used:



Sweet, cooling, moistening


Diuretic, anti-inflammatory, demulcent, expectorant

  • Dry spasmodic coughs
  • Digestive inflammation such as peptic ulcers, colitis, constipation
  • Urinary inflammation such as urinary tract infections, cystitis
  • Dry and itchy skin
  • Sore and dry mouth and throat
  • UV damage (topical) to skin

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Marshmallow root can be found in our Buchu Leaf Tea