Marshmallow root is one of those herbal remedies that can be used to treat a wide range of symptoms and diseases occurring in many parts of the body. The root and the leaf of this herb may be used medicinally but the root is a richer source of mucilage, the principle therapeutic ingredient in using the root of the marshmallow plant. Insoluble in water, mucilage is a sticky organic substance that can be used to relieve inflamed tissues.
Respiratory Herbal Remedy
When used to treat respiratory distress, root of the marshmallow plant coats the mucous membranes to relieve coughing, alleviate pulmonary edema, and generally fortify the respiratory system. Patients with bronchitis and whooping cough benefit from using this herb.
When applied topically on the skin, its anti-inflammatory properties soothe burns, abrasions, boils and muscle aches. It can also be rubbed on a baby’s gums to relieve the pain associated with teething.
Taken internally this herb can combat the symptoms of kidney infection, bladder infection, and gastrointestinal upsets such as diarrhea and indigestion. The root of the Marshmallow plant also aids the body in expelling toxins and impurities. In addition, marshmallow is a natural source of amino acids and beta-carotene, as well as being rich in minerals such as zinc, iron, sodium and calcium and B-complex vitamins and vitamin A.
While the leaves, fresh or dried, are effective for use on the skin, the root can be used to make ointments and creams, and pills. When the extract is added to a tea it brings relief to sore throat suffers. It can also be used as a mouthwash to treat oral irritations and inflammation. Marshmallow root can even be used to aid in weight loss since it causes a feeling of fullness in the stomach.
As with many of the herbal medicines known to us today marshmallow root has been used for centuries. It is a very popular alternative medication and its benefit in reducing inflammation has been scientifically documented. It is a safe and effective holistic substitute to synthetic drugs.