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Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)

Marshmallow is a perennial herb indigenous to Europe, Western Asia and North Africa, which is used as a medicinal plant and ornamental plant. This use is reflected in the name of the genus, which comes from the Greek ἄλθειν (althein), meaning “to heal”. The ancient Greeks used it both as a medicine and as a decoration for graves.

Marshmallow is used today by herbalists to treat problems of the gastrointestinal tract. Moreover, this herb is also used for dry cough, inflammation of the lining of the stomach, diarrhea, stomach ulcers, constipation, urinary tract inflammation and stones in the urinary tract. At last, marshmallow root is applied to the skin as an ingredient in ointments for chapped skin as well as for pain and swelling.

The root is sometimes used as flavoring in the making of a Middle Eastern snack called halva. Marshmallow is mainly used as a decoction or as a poultice for its beneficial properties.

Health Benefits of Marshmallow

Learn AboutMarshmallowBenefits Health Benefits Marshmallow may be effective in treating the symptoms of a cold, flu or cough. In a study published in the April 2003 issue of the "Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine", researchers found that an herbal product known as Throat Coat that contains marshmallow root is effective in relieving acute pharyngitis [...]

Mythology – Marshmallow

Learn AboutMarshmallowMythology Althaea was, in Greek mythology, the daughter of King Thestius and Eurythemis and was sister to Leda, Hypermnestra, Iphiclus and Euippus. She was also the wife of Oeneus, king of Calydon, and mother of five sons, Meleager, Melanippe (one of the Meleagrids), Toxeus, Thyreus and Clymenus and two daughters, Deianeira and Gorge. According [...]

Side Effects of Marshmallow

Learn aboutMarshmallowSide Effects     Marshmallow is likely safe for most people when taken by mouth. In some people, it might cause low blood sugar levels. Marshmallow is possibly safe when applied directly to the skin. Special Precautions & Warnings: Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of marshmallow during pregnancy and [...]

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