aka “Sweetweed” The name, 'althaea,' is derived from the Greek, 'altho,' or “to cure.” Marshmallow was advocated as a wound healer by the Greek physician Hypocrites and has been used for hundreds of years in treating wounds with excellent results. The leaves are often used as poultices and are excellent to draw out poisons, and or any debris imbedded in an open wound. Marshmallow is very soothing for any sore or inflamed part of the body. It is a mucilaginous, calcium-rich herb and can be used to soothe and heal mucous membranes such as the lungs, digestive tract and bowels. Marshmallow will enrich the milk of nursing mothers and at the same time increase milk flow. It is effective when combined with blessed thistle as a nutrient for enriching mothers milk. Marshmallow is a demulcent; internally it has a soothing effect on inflammation and irritation of the alimentary canal and of the urinary and respiratory organs. It is said to ease the passage of kidney stones. Marshmallow is anti-inflammatory by nature and is very soothing for any sore or inflamed part of the body.
Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)
- Primary Uses: Here are a few of the ailments Marshmallow can provide relief for: • Asthma • Bedwetting/Bladder Issues • Boils • Breast Milk (increases & enriches) • Bronchial infections • Emphysema/Lung Problems • Kidney Problems/Stones • Urinary Tract (inflammation) • Wounds (infected)