Marshmallow Root C/S, Organic, 1/2 lb.

(MRC-2)
Althaea officinalis  |  Origin: United States
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Marshmallow is so named because it's a member of the mallow family and tends to favor a marshy habitat. It is perfect for use as a tea to sooth the digestive tract, or as a rinse for detangling hair.

This root contains properties that may help soothe and protect mucous membranes in the throat, stomach, intestines, and urinary tract. It is also packed with pectin, a soluble fiber that helps to keep the gastrointestinal system running smoothly.


Common Names: Marshmallow, althea, sweet weed, wymote, mallards, schloss tea, mortification root

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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