Marshmallow

marshmallowAlthaea officinalis

Part used: Root

Energetics: Sweet, cooling, moistening

Actions: Diuretic, anti-inflammatory, demulcent, vulnerary, expectorant

Indications: 

  • 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

Marshmallow is a medicinal plant that is used in traditional medicine in many countries all over the world. The herb contains peptins, starch, monosaccharides, dissacharides, mucilage, flavonoids, anti-oxidants, coumarins, scopoletin, tannin, asparagines and many amino acids. Marshmallow has been used for centuries as a treatment for coughs and respiratory ailments. It works by forming a protective film on the inflamed mucosa, which soothes irritation of the mucous system, and aids the defence mechanisms protecting the respiratory tract from environmental injury for faster regeneration [1]. 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 [2].