Marshmallow is not what you might think: it is not the puffy white sugary sweet marshmallow that people roast over fires! Rather, marshmallow root is a common herb used to heal burns, wounds, chaffed and sore skin, to soothe sore mouths and sore throats, for dry coughs, and gastrointestinal irritation. Its emollient and demulcent properties make it very suited to healing irritations, and therefore it is almost always included in combinations for ulcers, leaky gut, and for irritated mucous surfaces. Since the Marshmallow herb is such an effective wound-healer, it is well suited to healing peptic and duodenal ulcers, gastroenteritis, enteritis and colitis. It really is one of the best herbs to treat an ulcerated digestive system. It should come as no surprise that Marshmallow Root has been used for over two thousand years in Europe. Its first recorded use was in the ninth century BCE. It was widely used in Greek medicine. Its name Althea comes from the Greek aitho, meaning, “to cure”.
Marshmallow capsules typically come in a 450 mg dosage – a normal daily dose is either 10 Marshmallow Leaf capsules, or 12 Marshmallow Root capsules. If you prefer Marshmallow Tea made from leaves, infuse 1 – 3 teaspoons of the marshmallow leaves, or 1 – 3 tea bags, in a cup of water and drink three cups a day.
For Marshmallow Root Tea, decoct 1 – 3g of the loose root in a cup of water and drink three cups a day. (Note that the Commission E recommends slightly lower doses of the tea.)
Tincture doses vary: herbalist David Hoffmann recommends 1 – 4 mL three times a day, but others recommend
the much higher dose of 5 – 10 mL of the leaf two to three times a day, and 10 – 25 mL of the root up to three times a day.
Marshmallow Leaf Extract should be taken 1 – 2 mL of the two to three times a day; a typical Marshmallow Root Extract dosage would be 2 – 5 mL up to three times a day.
The marshmallow plant is very safe and has no side effects or contraindications. It is quite safe to take while pregnant or breast feeding. There are no drug interactions, although marshmallow may delay the internal absorption of drugs taken at the same time. This possibility, however, is only speculative.
Botanical Name: (Althea officinalis)
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