Marsh Mallow / Marshmallow Root (Althaea Officinalis)
The Althaea officinalis is a herb native to Europe, preferring salty damp meadows and marshes. It thrives close to the sea and on the banks of tidal rivers. Originally from Africa, it was extensively used as a medicinal plant by the Egyptians.
Althaea Officinalis when boiled in milk or water will relieve symptoms of whooping cough, bronchitis, coughs, and sore throat. It is well known for its antitussive, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and mucilaginous properties. These traits are drawn from the polysaccharides and flavonoids contained in the roots and leaves of this herb.
Owing to its anti-inflammatory and mucous-membrane-soothing properties, it is also used for treating a number of digestive problems such as Chron’s disease, stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis, indigestion, and acute heartburn. It is also known to cure urinary infections and dysentery.
Recently, the extract of the Althaea Officinalis has also been used successfully in treating dermatitis, eczema, and a number of other inflammatory skin problems.
The herb is normally taken as syrup or tincture if the remedy sought is for the sore throat; as a tea for digestive problems and as capsules for Chron’s disease. For skin problems and other mild inflammatory conditions, it is added as an extract in ointments and creams.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!