Marshmallow is also well known as mallow plant with scientific name, Althaea officinalis. The term ‘marsh’ is actually derived from how the mallow plant is actually growing in marshes. So, the combination of those words is what you get now, marshmallow.
In Ancient Egyptian, medicines made from marshmallow root is considered as gift from gods and only used by the royal family only. You could consider yourself lucky because you don’t need to be a royal to get all the health benefits of marshmallow root as mentioned below.
Marshmallow root has been well known for its benefit as home remedy for sore throat. In modern time, it comes with reasons because marshmallow root contains certain compounds like antitussive that could help in decreasing the irritation occurs in the throat. The same compound that treats sore throat is also able to treat some digestive issues like heartburn, stomach ulcers, bloating and many more.
Those kinds of discomfort you feel in your stomach are caused by the acid and marshmallow root will sooth the feeling. Marshmallow root could help in improving the function of digestion and as the final result your body metabolism is also improved because all nutrients are absorbed optimally, all cells are oxygenated completely and other organs are working excellently.
Marshmallow root contains some anti-bacterial properties that will prevent further infection and at the same time contains some excellent compounds to treat the wound. The anti-irritant properties, antioxidant properties and anti-inflammatory properties found in marshmallow root is great to treat your skin and even provide solution as anti-aging. The extract marshmallow root is also able to treat urinary tract infection as well as prevent the development of kidney stones.
You could use marshmallow root as natural hair conditioner to whatever the problem you have with your hair because it could treat dry, brittle and even limp hair.
If you’re taking other drugs, it is best not to take them together with marshmallow root as mucilage may inhibit their absorption in the body.
Water extract: 2 – 4 grams of root infused overnight in cold water.