Marshmallow Root

MARSHMALLOW ROOT - Leaves are of a slightly different chemical makeup than the root. They contain flavonoids including kaempferol, quercetin, and diosmetin glucosides; additionally, the leaves contain the coumarin scopoletin and phenolic acids including syringic acid, caffeic acid, salicylic acid, and vanillic acid. The root and the leaf of the plant both contain a substance known as a mucilate. This mucusy substance does not dissolve in water. When wet it swells and becomes very slippery. Marshmallow increases the production of the body’s mucosal fluids.

This soothing action is very helpful with any condition that is irritated or chapped and works to sooth inflamed tissues. The root and leaves of the plant are used medicinally. Marshmallow has been used for many to relieve coughs and sore throats, as well as for chapped skin and minor wounds. When applied to a splinter, thorn or bee sting, it would draw out the offender and speed healing. If the skin is red, has a splinters/stings or irritations, you can apply crushed marshmallow to it and will increases the healing time.

Marshmallow helps to lessen heartburn and intestinal conditions, such as ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, and constipation. This slimy herb helps to coat and protect irritated mucous membranes in the mouth, throat, and gastrointestinal tract. Marshmallow root preparation is safe and effective for soothing ulcers along the digestive tract.

Marshmallow is also believed to have an ability to fight infection and boost the immune system. Marshmallow increases white blood cells and used for the treatment of colds, hoarseness, diarrhea and dysentery. Marshmallow can be used as a suppository for hemorrhoids, made into a tea and gargled for dry mouth and throat irritations, used externally as a poultice to heal minor skin irritations, for dry cough, and taken orally combined with blessed thistle for nursing mothers. Marshmallow is very helpful in times of burning urination, inflamed kidneys and kidney stones. Marshmallow reduces inflammation and pain and when taking 2 capsules every hour with copious amounts of water helps to ease the passing of kidney stones.


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