Information on Marshmallow

Latin NameAlthea officinalis
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, bulk herb.
AffectsDigestive system, Urinary system, Respiratory system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA stout downy perennial in the mallow family with ovate, toothed leaves and pale pink five-petalled flowers.
DescriptionMarshmallow root is a mucilaginous herb with a cooling and soothing nature used for ulcers, colitis, gastritis, and urinary inflammation or cystitis. The root has shown a mild immune-activating effect in laboratory tests, and it is taken for dry coughs and lung inflammation or dryness. Its anti-inflammatory properties also make marshmallow useful as a mouthwash. Marshmallow root is often added to other warmer and more active herbs to moderate their harshness, especially for urinary tract and upper respiratory tract infections.

Marshmallow has a taste of SWEET, BITTER and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion1-2 cups 2-3 x daily
Powder2 capsules 2-3 x daily
Tincture2-4 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Marshmallow

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Acidity, high stomach acidsoothing demulcenttea, capsules, or tablets
Bladder infectionsoothing anti-inflammatorytea, tincture, capsule
Bladder, irritatedsoothing demulcenttea, tincture, capsule
Colitissoothing anti-inflammatorytea, tincture, capsule
Diverticulitissoothing, softeningtea, tincture, capsule
Duodenum, inflammation ofintestinal soothertea, tincture, capsule
Dysuriaanti-inflammatory, soothingtea, tincture, capsule
Gastroenteritisdemulcent, anti-inflammatorytea, tincture, capsule
Heartburnsoothing to the stomachtea, tincture, capsule
Hyperaciditysoothing digestivetea, tincture, capsule
Laryngitisdemulcent, anti-inflammatorytea, tincture, capsule
Stomach weaknesssoothing demulcenttea, tincture, capsule
Stomachachesoothing demulcenttea, tincture, capsule
Ulcer, duodenalsoothing demulcenttea, tincture, capsule
Urinary passage inflammationsoothing anti-inflammatorytea, tincture, capsule
Hoarsenessdemulcenttea, lozenge


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