Marshmallow plant – and no, this is not a plant that bares the fruit of our marshmallows that we all know and love! – This is an herbaceous perennial plant native to Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia. Marshmallow root looks like a brown, fibrous husk. The flower, root, and the leaves are all edible and the medicinal properties come from the mucilage, or sap-like substance, produced by the plant.
For thousands of years Marshmallow root has been used to treat coughs, sore throat, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, mouth inflammations, dental abscess, boils, and horrible acne.
Marshmallow root may also protect the gut, by relieving various digestive issues. The mucilage coats the inner lining of the throat, oesophagus, and stomach. This protects and prevents the burning sensation that ailments may bring.
An example of this would be the inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes. Bronchial tubes carry air to and from your lungs.
Did you know?
The taste and aroma of marshmallow root is neutral, slightly woody, and floral. Marshmallow powder was originally used as an ingredient in a sticky confection now known as marshmallows!