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Getting to know: Marshmallow Root

Updated: Feb 9, 2020

Used as a cough remedy for thousands of years, marshmallow contains large amounts of vitamins A, C, & B-complex as well as minerals such as selenium, zinc, copper, and iron. Marshmallow root contains a compound called mucilate which forms a protective layer on the skin and lining of the digestive tract.

Marshmallow root has been known to be an effective remedy for bronchitis, pertussis, respiratory infections, canker sores, laryngitis, strep throat, and sore throats. It is also highly beneficial for indigestion, gastritis, peptic ulcers, colitis, hernias, diarrhea, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, bladder infections, and GERD. 

Marshmallow root has also been used to aid weight loss as it is known to curb the appetite and function as a natural diuretic which helps to remove bloating and water retention from the body.

Topically marshmallow root contains chemicals that help heal wounds by decreasing inflammation. It has anti-bacterial properties that are helpful in treating cuts, scrapes, pinkeye, boils, shingles, abscesses, psoriasis, and eczema. For swollen gums and infections or for gum pain of teething infants, use marshmallow root tea as a mouthwash.

Marshmallow root tea is a wonderful way to receive its health benefits. Simply simmer 4 teaspoons of dried root with 2 cups of water for 30 minutes. Allow to cool, strain, sweeten with raw honey if desired, and sip throughout the day. - Anthony William

Marshmallow root tea is a beverage that does not generally have any side effects, however if you are taking medications and/or prescribed supplements or are pregnant, breastfeeding or have diabetes, consult your health care practitioner before consuming. Do not consume up to two weeks before surgery due to it's mild anti-clotting properties.



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