Health Benefits of Marshmallow

Marshmallow soothes and heals skin, mucous membranes, and other tissues, externally and internally.


(Althea officinalis) Parts used: Root, flowers, and leaves.

Properties: Demulcent, diuretic, emollient, lithotriptic, alterative, nutritive, and vulnerary.

What it affects: Intestines, kidneys, and bladder.

Preparation and amount: Infusion (flowers and leaves): Steep 5-15 minutes. Take 1 cup at a time, frequently. Decoction (root): Simmer 5-15 minutes. Take 6 oz. 3 times daily. Tincture: 30-60 drops (1/2 – 1 tsp.) 3 times daily. Fluid extract: Take 1-2 tsp. 3 times daily. Powder: Take 5-10 #0 capsules (30-60 grains) 3 times daily.

Purposes: Marshmallow soothes and heals skin, mucous membranes, and other tissues, externally and internally. Internally, it is the best source of easily digested mucilage. It helps the body lubricate joints, to protect them against dryness and irritation. Because digestive fluids contain mucilage, marshmallow also acts as a counter-irritant to the digestive tract and aids in diarrhea, dysentery, and ulcers. It is also used for lung problems and as a douche in vaginal infections. It is good for bladder infections.


Use marshmallow with other laxative herbs for chronic constipation that is associated with dryness or lack of roughage. In combination with other diuretic herbs, such as parsley root, use it as tea for kidney stone attack and to help expel gravel. It is also used for headache, sinusitis, sore throat, asthma, and allergies. Marshmallow is often used as 10% of the formula in various herbal mixtures.

Externally, as a poultice, marshmallow can be applied with a pinch of cayenne on a daily basis in order to treat open wounds, burns, gangrene, septic wounds, bruises, and blood poisoning. The tea is good to bathe sore eyes.

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  1. Great info here, kabayan, thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow, I learned a lot from this one, thanks.

  3. nice one

  4. Wow – genuinely had no idea one could do that kind of thing with marshmallows. Quirky, and interesting – great article. :)

  5. That was an interesting post Gift cheers

  6. very interesting, Gift.
    When I read the title, I thought you are referring to those packet type (candy) marsh mallow.

  7. Gr8 article, but I don’t think so we get these flowers in our country. Let me find out.

  8. I had never heard this before, fascinating information.

  9. Closest we have is marshmellow fluff!
    Good piece.

  10. I thought those candy marshmallows is what you mean.

  11. I thought those candy marshmallows is what you mean. SU’d this one.

  12. Fascinating article. Somewhat related to marshmellow.

  13. Very interesting. Great research this time.

  14. Retweeted this one. Valuable information about marshmellow. :)

  15. Retweeted this one. Valuable information about marshmellows. :)

  16. You fooled me on this article. I thought it was about my favorite soft marshmallow. lol

  17. Complete research on marshmallow herb. Outstanding!

  18. Another great way to soothe skin. Keep your articles coming!

  19. You surprise me! I really thought this was the yum marshmallow. Anyways, nice article!

  20. As expected. lol, This herb is great! Where did you find this info?

  21. You always provided your reader with interesting and informative articles. And this post is one of it.

  22. One hell unique article.

  23. Ha ha, oh man, so many have been fooled by this..First time I’ve heard of this.

  24. Herbs are definitely great. Great research and timing for my marshmallow. lala la :)

  25. Never heard of this before. Well done research.

  26. Bookmarked this one. This definitely is a great research. I don’t know how did you find this. Well, well, well. Ayos!

  27. Wow, this herb is pretty useful. Well written and informative article. Stumbled!

  28. I learned something new here today, gift. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  29. Wow, amazing and I thought marshmallow was junk food.

  30. Excellent manner and very well-written sentence is doing, with useful information includes a good things you have in your article.

    Thanks and cheers.

  31. wow it’s a great post enjoyed reading it

  32. Great information. Had no clue about this.

  33. Outstanding info, Kabayan..

  34. Great info, thanks.

  35. I do not know much about it, but after reading your articles are well aware nothing has happened.

    I encourage you to write more.


  36. how about toasted marshmallows -yum yum! my favourites

  37. Interesting read, i only knew about pink and white sweet marshmallows.

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