Marshmallow (Althea officinalis)


A perennial herb, marshmallow is native throughout damp areas of Europe and Western Asia.


Reports on a study on the capability of marshmallow extract to inhibit melanocyte cell development in the skin in Japan.

Marshmallow Soothes Cough

An extract of marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis L., var. robusta), and the mucilaginous polysaccharide isolated from the root, demonstrated significant anti-tussive activity in an animal test (G. Nosal'ova et al., Pharmazie, 47: 224-26, 1992). Doses were administered orally and cough from both laryngopharyngeal and tracheobronchial stimulation was depressed. The mucilage was as potent as some non-narcotic anti-tussive drugs. Marshmallow syrup was also tested and was about 20 times weaker than the pure mucilage, as might be expected from the proportion of mucilage found in the syrup.

Hard to swallow?

IT FEELS LIKE YOU'VE SWALLOWED FIRE, yet there's no circus in sight. A sore throat — aka pharyngitis — is generally caused by a viral infection such as the cold or flu; other culprits include allergies, dryness, and muscle strain. To help soothe the mucous membranes that line a burning, irritated throat, try these natural demulcents.

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B-throat coat
D-herbal sore throat & mouth spray
This tea from Traditional Medicinals contains a blend
of herbs, including licorice root, marshmallow root, and

Herbs for Postpartum Perineum Care: Part Two

Presents a variety of herbal remedies for second-degree perineum tear. Comfrey, perennial herbs with anti-inflammatory properties that may decrease bruising; Marshmallow, a European perennial pla...

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