Marshmallow - Leaf
Marshmallow - Leaf
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Botanical Name: Althea officinalis
Part Used: Leaves from the Marshmallow plant
Benefits Of Using Marshmallow Leaf
Marshmallow leaf is a popular herbal remedy to soothe pain, & relieve irritations. It has remarkable anti-inflammatory & hydrating effects. These benefits make it useful for sore throats, dry coughs, UTIs, & digestive upsets. Its hydrating benefits are mainly attributed to its mucilage content. Its slippery gel coats, cools & soothes irritated tissues like dry throats & upset intestines.
Coughs & Sore Throats | Antitussive, Demulcents & Anti-Inflammatory.
Renowned as one of mother natures most effective cough remedies. Its antitussive properties help suppress coughs. While the mucilage gel helps moisten dry, irritated & inflamed throats. The dual action makes it ideal for dry throats & coughs.
Internal Pain Relief | Demulcents & Anti-Inflammatory.
With its anti-inflammatory & demulcent properties, it helps protect, soothe & relax irritated or inflamed internal tissue. This is beneficial for upset intensities & relieving UTI discomfort.
Skin Treatment | Anti-Inflammatory.
Applied topically to irritated skin, it can help reduce pain & inflammation. While the mucilage gel soothes, softens & cools the affected area. Creating a hydration seal. Useful for dry skin, inflammation & stings.
Uses & Preparations
Marshmallow leaf is best prepared cold for its medicinal benefits. As a culinary ingredient, small portions can be used to thicken soups. They work particularly well chopped up in salads, or as a garnish.
How To Use
Marshmallow leaf tea can be enjoyed hot or cold. To enjoy the full soothing benefits of marshmallow leaf, try cold herbal infusions. This maintains the mucilage for more pain relief & soothing benefits. While hot infusions tend to break down the mucilage to a certain point. Both still yield impressive herbal benefits.
Taste: It has a subtle, sweet taste that offers a soothing effect after consumption.
Keep cold infusions refrigerated, then use or dispose of them within three days. Since there is no boiling in the process, bacteria growth can happen sooner. Changes in the smell & taste can indicate when it has gone off.
Hot Infusion | Quick & easy for daily use.
- Place 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried herb per cup.
- Use hot water & allow to steep for 5 to 15 minutes.
- Strain & enjoy you marshmellow leaf tea.
Cold Infusion | Good for pain relief & coughs.
- Place 1 to 3 teaspoons of dried herb in a jar.
- Fill with cold water & cap.
- Allow infusing overnight.
- Strain & enjoy.
- For optimal results, sip throughout the day.
Poultice | Good for skin irritations or dryness.
- Take into consideration the size of the afflicted area.
- Add a few teaspoons to cold water until it forms a gel-like mass.
- Apply to the affected area.
- Take several hours away from prescribed medication.
- Consume with at least 250 ml of water.
- Don’t use the poultice with medicated creams.