Marshmallow Herbal Tea and Health Benefits
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Marshmallow Herbal Tea and Health Benefits

Marshmallow root tea has number of health benefits including digestive and respiratory disorders. This amazing herbal tea is made from roots of marshmallow herb. Demulcent and emollient properties of Marshmallow make it useful in inflammation or irritation of the alimentary canal, and of the urinary and respiratory organs. According to the 'Physician's Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines' it has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, hypoglycemic and immune stimulating properties.

Marshmallow root tea has number of health benefits including digestive and respiratory disorders. This amazing herbal tea is made from roots of marshmallow herb. Demulcent and emollient properties of Marshmallow make it useful in inflammation or irritation of the alimentary canal, and of the urinary and respiratory organs. According to the 'Physician's Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines' it has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, hypoglycemic and immune stimulating properties. 

Marshmallow root is not related to the marshmallows that you would buy at your local grocery store. The French made it into medicinal candy, which is the origin of modern marshmallows.

Common names of Marshmallow are: Althaea officinalis, Mortification Root, Sweetweed.

Marshmallow root contains about 37% starch, 11% mucilage, 11%pectin, flavonoids, phenolic acids, sucrose, and asparagine. The root of Marshmallow has high mucilage content. When mixed in water, it forms a smooth gel, which is used for medical purposes.

Health benefits of marshmallow tea:

The tea is used to get relief from these health conditions:

  • Marshmallow is extremely useful in soothing inflammations in conditions such as bronchitis, pleurisy, even dry cough and other respiratory problems.
  • Detoxification
  • Laryngitis 
  • Urinary Tract Problems
  • Digestive Upsets, Gastritis, Gastroenteritis: Marshmallow root tea has moderate laxative properties, enabling it to treat pain associated with constipation, as well as the discomfort that accompanies diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome. The mucilage in marshmallow root can promote bowel movements and loosen stools. It can help cure digestive system disorders such as ulcers and gastric inflammation which often lead to tetchy bowel syndrome and other symptoms. 
  • It can also treat mouth, throat and intestinal tract irritations.  
  • Other health benefits of marshmallow root tea include its ability to help soothe painful ulcers and treat heartburn. A lot of people also say that drinking marshmallow root tea can help stop vomiting overall and can help pass kidney stones much easier. 
  • Urinary tract infection among women: Marshmallow root tea is helpful in healing and soothing mild cystitis cases. 
  • If you have a dry cough sipping the tea will help control it. 
  • In "The New Holistic Herbal," Herbalist David Hoffmann says that marshmallow root works as an anti-inflammatory agent for both external and internal ailments. Internally, it helps inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, treating disorders such as inflammation of the mouth, gastritis and colitis. 
  • Using as a laxative: Drink a strong decoction followed by two or three glasses of water to help the herb pass through the digestive tract quickly. You can also use the tea of marshmallow for an enema if the problem persists. 

How to make marshmallow root tea?

Make a marshmallow root tea by adding 2 tsp. of dry root to a cup of boiling water, and let it steep for five minutes. Drink slowly as often as needed to achieve desired results. You may drink the tea three to five times every day.

Leaves: (Infusion): An infusion prepared by boiling and then cooling the marshmallow leaves may be used to cure bronchial and urinary disorders.

Root: (Decotion): For a strong tea of the root, make a decoction by adding one-fourth cup of chopped dry root to a medium pot of boiling water. Simmer for a minimum of 10 minutes, and then drain out the root. Drink throughout the day.

Another way to prepare the decoction is to add 25 g of marshmallow root to one liter of water and then boil it down to about 750 ml. In certain cases, the decoction may require some dilution by adding water. 

Marshmallow root is a safe herb and can be used for extended periods of times without any harmful side effects. Marshmallow root can be found online and in various health food shops.

Caution: Always ask your doctor if it is alright to drink this tea if you are taking any medications whatsoever. Fortunately, there are no side effects that come with it, though.

  • The health benefits of marshmallow root tea tend to appear faster in several individuals than in others.
  • Marshmallow root is a diuretic, which means it will cause your body to lose water. This side effect is actually part of the treatment, stimulating kidney function and flushing the bladder. Drink lots of water if using marshmallow root.
  • It helps lowers stomach acid, which may make digestion more difficult. If you have hypochlorhydria or have had a gastric bypass operation, check with your doctor before using marshmallow root.


Health Benefits of Marshmallow Root Herbal Tea

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Comments (4)
Ranked #21 in Tea & Coffee

Great to know this marshmallow tea, thank you.

I admit that you immediately caught my attention with the word 'marshmallow'.  Will have to come back for with a vote.

sounds quite interesting, I don't care so much for marshmellows though

My doctor recommended a cold decoction of marshmallow root for soothing the gastrointestinal tract. More info and instructions can be found here. I have used it for a couple of days now and am feeling better. Nice to find a natural remedy since I am sensitive to so many options.