Herbs: Marshmallow root - cut

Common Names: Marshmallow, althea, sweet weed, wymote, mallards, schloss tea, mortification root
Latin Name: Althea officinalis
Origin: Italy/Bulgaria

Excerpt from The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook

No, the plant doesn't grow puffy white blobs of creamy goo that are good for tasting. nor does it sprout little yellow "peeps" around Easter. There's no actual marshmallow in commercially sold marshmallow treats. Real marshmallow, native to Europe and also found in various parts of the United States, is so named because it's a member of the mallow family and tends to favor a marshy habitat. It is a tall herb with short serrated leaves, pale lavender flowers, and a flattened round fruit that looks like a presliced cake. The leaves and particularly the tough but pliable roots are the parts most often used medicinally. The genus name comes from a Greek word meaning "to heal." Our ancient ancestors billed all mallows as cures for just about any affliction.

Therapeutic uses include relief from bronchitis, gastritis, intestinal and oral inflammations, and sore throat. It also helps with various disorders of the digestive system.

Excerpts from Practical Herbalism

It is considered the most mucilaginous of the diuretics, and it is recommended to soothe irritation in the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestines as well as those of the urinary apparatus. In addition, it is recommended for inflammation of the bowels, irritation of the bladder, and acute painful cystitis.


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Nursing
by Eliane on Feb 17, 2014

It's safe to drink it while nursing?

    Re: Nursing
    by Bulk Herb Store on Feb 18, 2014

    Hello, from the research I have done it should be just fine! However, if you have any questions or concerns about herbs it would be best to consult your midwife. Thanks!

Pregnancy
by Denise on Nov 27, 2013

Is marshmallow root safe to use during pregnacny?

    Re: Pregnancy
    by Bulk Herb Store on Nov 27, 2013

    Yes! You can take while pregnant! It works great for swelling during pregnancy as well!

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