Marshmallow Root (Althea officinalis) may have originated in Europe and central Asia and has probably been used by humans for thousands of years; pollen from a related species was found in 60,000-year-old Neanderthal grave.1 Today, it grows much throughout Europe and in many regions of North America. The part used medicinally is the root.
What it is used for: Marshmallow alleviates irritation, functions as an anti-inflammatory, immune stimulant, and has been shown to soothe mucous membranes.2 It aids the body in expelling excess fluid and mucous, soothes and heals skin, mucous membranes and other tissues, and is used in the treatment of bladder infections, digestive upsets, intestinal disorders and kidney problems.3
Research Highlights: Research has found that the high mucilage content of marshmallow has demonstrated hypoglycemic activity in non-diabetic mice.4 Additionally, antimicrobial activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus vulgaris, and Staphylococcus aureus has been documented.5
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1. The Complete Guide to Natural Healing. (2000). International Masters Publishers, AB., 1:90.
2. PDR For Herbal Medicines, 3rd ed. (2004). Thompson PDR, pg. 556.
3. Balch, P. & Balch, J. (2000). Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 3rd ed., Avery Publishing, pg. 103.
4. Banaee, M., Soleimany, V., & Nematdoost Haghi, B. (2017). Therapeutic effects of marshmallow (Althaea officinalis L.) extract on plasma biochemical parameters of common carp infected with Aeromonas hydrophila. Veterinary Research Forum: An International Quarterly Journal, 8(2), 145–153.
5. Rezaei, M., Dadgar, Z., Noori-Zadeh, A., Mesbah-Namin, S. A., Pakzad, I., & Davodian, E. (2015). Evaluation of the antibacterial activity of the Althaea officinalis L. leaf extract and its wound healing potency in the rat model of excision wound creation. Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine, 5(2), 105–112.