Also known as Althea, Sweetweed, and Mortification Root
$3.50 per Ounce
History: The Marshmallow plant has been used for centuries in Europe as both a medicinal herb and a food. In the Middle Ages, Marshmallow was used to make a dessert called pate de guimauve, which is similar to today’s marshmallows. Although, today’s marshmallows have no resemblance to its ancestor. Medicinally, the Marshmallow plant was used as a soothing remedy for irritated tissues and coughing. The puritans brought Marshmallow to American and taught the local Indians of its medicinal value.
Uses: pain, inflammation of the mucous membranes, dry cough, inflammation of the lining of the stomach, diarrhea, stomach ulcers, constipation, urinary tract inflammation, and stones in the urinary tract, abscesses, skin ulcers, burns, insect bites.
Marshmallow root is applied to the skin as an ingredient in ointments for chapped skin as well as for pain and swelling of the feet and hands due to exposure to the cold
Active Ingredients: mucilage, pectin, tannin, asparagine
Actions: Demulcent diuretic, emollient, vulnerary