Marshmallow is native to Europe, Northern Africa, AND Western Asia and grows to 3-5 feet in height. It’s a perennial herbaceous plant that appears as mostly stalk with very few lateral branches. Marshmallow flowers are pinkish-white and have five separate petals. The stamens form a column around the pistil. The leaves are heart-shaped with irregular serrations and covered with small hairs on both sides. Marshmallow roots are a pale yellow color and are long, thick, and tapered. The mucilage in Marshmallow root is very soothing to abrasions of the skin as well as internally for the mucus membranes of the digestive, respiratory, and urinary tracts.
History and Folklore:
Marshmallow root has been used medicinally for over 2000 years. The genus name Althaea comes from the Greek altho which means to cure. The family name, Malvaceae, is derived from the Greek malake, meaning soft. Early Arab physicians prepared a poultice with the leaves to suppress inflammation. Ancient Egyptians also turned the root into a confection which was the genesis of today’s sweet puffy candy.
Cultivation and Harvest:
Harvest the root in the late fall before the ground freezes.
Do not take if pregnant or nursing. The high mucilage content may block absorption of other medications
Traditional Herbal Actions:
Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Aperient, Demulcent, Diuretic, Expectorant, Vulnerary
Moorish Mallow, Cheeses, White Maoow, Althea, Mortification Root, Sweet Weed, Wymote, Mallards, Schloss, Schloss Tea, Malvavisco, Kitmi, Bismalva
Ingredients: Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis)
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