MARSHMALLOW (Althaea officinalis)
DESCRIPTION: This herb was originally used as a medicinal plant and an ornamental plant and is most popularly known as an ingredient in the sweet, gooey marshmallow used in cooking and baking. It is found in Europe, Western Asia and North Africa. This herb comes from the leaves, roots and flowers of the althaea officinalis.
POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Marshmallow is used in the treatment for irritated mucous membranes and also as a gargle rinse for mouth and throat ulcers as well as gastric ulcers. In traditional Chinese medicine, Marshmallow is claimed to improve the flow of breast milk as well. The marshmallow root has been used since the middle ages for sore throats. Marshmallow leaves and root can also be applied directly to the skin to treat skin inflammation, wounds, skin ulcers, and burns. The leaves are used for insect bites and the root is also used for chapped skin and swollen hands and feet.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: Marshmallow is relatively safe for everyone but may cause low blood sugar in some people. This herb is also relatively safe when applied topically to the skin.
PARTS USED: Root, Leaves and flowers.
GENERAL USAGE: May be used daily
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