Herb Reference Guide

Marshmallow

History

This plant is native to Europe and parts of Asia and is part of the Malvaceae family. The garden varieties are called HollyHocks. The whole plant contains a tacky, slimy substance known as mucilage, with the root of 2-3 year old plants containing the highest percentage. The root is often dried, sliced into discs, sold and then powdered to support healthy gastrointestinal function where irritation may be present. It has traditionally been used to support all mucosal membranes especially in the bronchioles, mouth, and intestines.

Function

Because of the naturally high content of mucilage, Marshmallow root provides soothing support for irritated mucous remembranes. There have been some studies conducted on the effect of this plant in combination with others to support healthy respiratory function when occasionally challenged with a cough.

Uses of Marshmallow

Disclaimer

This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

Active Constituents

Parts Used

  • Root

Important precautions

Additional Resources

Buechi S. Vogelin R. et. Al. Forsch Komplementarmed Klass Naturheilkd 2005 Dec; 12(6):312-13.