The marshmallow plant, also known as althaea is a species of perennial wild growing flowers that thrive along riverbanks and sandy soils.
Ancient civilizations, ranging from the ancient Greeks to Chinese people, used the marshmallow plant and all its parts for various medicinal applications, as well as for eating, since all the parts of the plant are edible.
Nowadays, mostly the dried roots of the herb are used for healing various gastrointestinal issues. Marshmallow root is rich in mucilage among other things, which promotes healing of inflammations appearing in the stomach and the small intestine, as well as aiding against cases of colitis and gastritis. The phytochemical compounds found in Althaea are very demulcent, so the herb is used to soothe laryngitis, pharyngitis, bronchitis and chest pain associated with the common cold. Strong diuretic properties can be attributed to the plant as well. Finally, the marshmallow plant can help strengthen our immune system, strengthening our white cells in fighting against invasions.
To prepare a marshmallow root brew, we add a teaspoon of cut root in boiling water and we allow the herb to simmer for five minutes.
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