Profile: Marshmallow Root
What is Marshmallow Root?
Marshmallow gets its name from the damp, marshy areas which it likes to grow, but is a green plant with white flowers that can grow 2-5 feet. The leaves, flowers and root are edible, and were considered a delicacy in ancient Rome. Marshmallow root was used in ancient societies to mend both internal and external irritants, break up mucous, for digestive and urinary issues, and as a poultice on wounds.
The treat we know today as marshmallows is actually one of the oldest desserts known to man. While we still consume the sweet today, the plant from which it originally derived holds many medicinal properties.
What is Marshmallow Root Used For?
- It is best known for its ability to soothe inflammation, particularly in the throat, as well as break up mucous.
- Marshmallow can help heal gut diseases, such as leaky gut, by forming a protective layer on the gut.
- It can aid in healing urinary infections and diseases. Marshmallow has been found to have antibacterial properties.
- Marshmallow has been used to treat skin diseases and rashes, including eczema. Consider adding marshmallow into your skin salves. A poultice can be used on skin wounds, such as bug bites and rashes.
- It may help lower overall inflammation, and improve liver function.
How to Use Marshmallow Root
Marshmallow root can be used in many ways. It’s easy to incorporate in throat tinctures, sprays, and throat drops.It is also a great tea when you are experiencing a sore throat or cough.
You can buy bulk dried marshmallow root online, or in capsule form.
Below, find a marshmallow recipe, tea recipe, and throat drops all used with marshmallow root!
Simple Marshmallow Recipe
Oh, yes, it’s possible! A healthy marshmallow recipe that includes marshmallow root. These marshmallows are packed with healthy gelatin (unlike store bought which do not have grass-fed beef used to the make gelatin), so they pack an extra punch of health.
- 5 table spoons of grass-fed gelatin (Vital Proteins is my favorite)
- 3/4 cup of honey, natural maple syrup (or other natural sweetener, like coconut sugar)
- 1 cup and 1 tablespoon of filtered water
- 1 tablespoon of marshmallow rootInstructions
Place the water in a saucepan and heat until boiling. Add the gelatin, stirring constantly. Allow the gelatin to boil (stirring often) for at least 5 minutes. Slowly add the honey, stirring constantly. Once the honey completely melts with the gelatin mixture, turn the heat down to medium low. Add the marshmallow root. With a hand mixer, beat the mixture for 10 minutes.
Line a baking pan (preferably 9×13) with parchment paper, and pour the mixture in.
Let the pan sit, lightly covered, for at least 4-6 hours. When hardened, flip the parchment paper out of the pan, uncover, and cut into squares. Store in a container at room temperature for up to one week.
Marshmallow Tea Recipe
- 1 teaspoon lemon balm (or chamomile)
- 1 teaspoon marshmallow root
- 1 cup of warm, filtered water
- 1/2 teaspoon of honey, if desired
Heat water and pour over the combined herbs (use a tea bag or tea spoon). Stir in honey if desired. Allow to cool, and sip!
I am prone to sore throats. Usually, during the spring and fall changes, I will only get one illness: the dreaded multi-day sore throat. These provide instant relief!
- 1/4 cup boiled water
- 2 heaping tablespoons of honey (local, raw or manuka)
- 1/4 cup of slippery elm powder
- 1 teaspoon marshmallow root
Soak your marshmallow root in water for 6-8 hours. Then, place your slipper elm powder into a wide bowl. Warm the water and mix with the honey. Slowly pour the honey/water mixture into the middle of the powder. Work the powder and water together with your hands, and roll into small balls. Flatten the balls with your palm, and apply a small amount of powder to completed lozenges so that they will not stick to each other. Keep in a glass jar or tin.
Marshmallow root is a versatile herb that you need in your natural medicine cabinet. Though it can be used to make its sweet namesake, there are many healthy uses for the herb, including tea and throat drops.