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Althea officinalis


Of all the Mallows, Marshmallow was the most highly respected species and the one most commonly used for medicinal purposes. The whole herb including roots, leaves, flowers and seeds are useful and edible and in previous times were regularly eaten as vegetables.


Marshmallow root is an excellent mucilage herb to soothe an irritated digestive tract. It has been recommended for stomach or duodenal ulcers, gastritis and irritable bowel syndrome. The mucilage will line the stomach and intestinal walls and thus form a barrier against harsh stomach juices that irritate inflamed mucous membranes. However, it should be noted that this mucilage barrier may delay the effects of other drugs that depend on the absorption via the digestive system. Marshmallow root can also be used for the same purposes as Marshmallow leaves, to soothe irritated mucosa of the respiratory system and the urinary tract. It may be particularly helpful when kidney gravel or sand are being passed, as it will help to soothe the irritation.


Mallow is cooling and soothing, yet due to its mucilage properties it is also useful for stimulating the heat of passion. It can be used as an aphrodisiac and for fertility rites. It has also been added to incense mixtures for protection against disease, to enhance fertility and ensure the easy delivery of healthy children.

Marshmallow Leaf

  • Size - 25g


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