The Healing Power of Marshmallow
It is believed that the marshmallow plant has been used to
create herbal remedies since Ancient Egyptian times.
The plant itself takes its name from the Greek world altho,
which roughly translates as "to heal." The root of the
marshmallow plant is very rich in sugar, and herbalists
consider the plant to be very mucilaginous. The mucilaginous
nature of the plant is thought to make the tissues soften.
The leaves of the marshmallow plant are often used as an
expectorant. It is also known as a soothing tonic for the
urinary system. The leaves and the root of the marshmallow
plant are both used as a vegetable.
The marshmallow plant is actually just one plant in a large
family of mallow plants. All the plant members of the mallow
family are thought to contain more or less the same healing
Herbalists believe that the flowers of
the marshmallow plant are a natural expectorant. The leaves of
the marshmallow plant are believed to act as an not only as an
expectorant, but also as a demulcent or a diuretic. The root of
the marshmallow plant has the same properties as the leaves but
is also used to heal wounds.
Herbalists most often describe the character of the
marshmallow plant as slightly sweet, and cool. The marshmallow
plant is believed to contain many constituents. The flowers
contain flavonoids and mucilage, and the leaves contain
salicylic acid, phenolic acid, as well as mucilage and
flavonoids. The root of the marshmallow plant also contains
mucilage, as well as asparagines, tannins, and
The flowers of the marshmallow plant are rarely made
available commercially, but they can be easily grown and
harvested in a home garden. The flowers that are harvested from
the marshmallow plant are sometimes made into expectorant
syrups that are then used to treat coughs and colds.
If flowers from the marshmallow plant are not available,
flowers from the garden hollyhock plant can also be used as an
alternative. The flowers are usually harvested in the summer.
The leaves of the marshmallow plant are also harvested in late
summer, and they can also be used to create herbal remedies to
help heal the urinary disorders and to heal bronchial problems.
The most commonly treated conditions that are treated with the
leaves of the marshmallow plant are whooping coughs, cystitis,
The root of the marshmallow plant is also used to make
herbal remedies. The root is used to treat many external
problems, including burns, boils, wounds, and skin
The marshmallow root can also be taken internally to treat
several conditions. It can be taken to treat problems such as
gastritis, enteritis, esophagitis, and peptic ulcers. The
marshmallow root can also be used to treat conditions such as
hiatus hernia, as well as for cystitis and urinary
inflammations. The root can be harvested in autumn and winter.
The marshmallow root can also be used create a decoction that
is used to treat inflammations such as cystitis and
esophagitis. Herbalist recommends taking roughly 25 g of root
to one liter of water.