Marshmallow: Althaea officinalis

Mashmallow

When you hear the word marshmallow, is the first thing you think about is the gummy like candy? The marshmallow candy sold in stores today usually don’t contain anything of the actual marshmallow plant. Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis), is a perennial that is indigenous to Europe, Western Asia, Southern Russia and Spain. This plant provides a wide variety of benefits. The Leaves of the plant have been used traditionally to make poultices for skin inflammation and wounds, insect bites, burns, infections, and ulcers. A gummy substance (mucilage) found in both the leaves and roots, turns into a gel when mixed with water. It has been used to coat the throat to relieve irritation and dry cough and to treat asthma, Marshmallow also treats bronchitis, stomach ulcers and inflammation, constipation, and urinary problems.

Marshmallow is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It helps aid with infections, swelling, and can also help with pain in general. This is a very good herb to aid in UTI’s or other vaginal infections. Marshmallow is included in the menopause yoni steam blend because of its healing properties. It is specifically included in this blend because of its ability to help with vaginal dryness in addition to the other healing properties.

Benefits

The leaves and root of the marshmallow plant are edible. The leaves can be added to your salads, or to your stews. There are some real benefits to incorporating marshmallow leaves and roots to your diet. Some benefits you may see are listed below.

  • It may help treat coughs and colds.
  • It may help relieve skin irritation.
  • It may help with wound healing.
  • It may promote overall skin health.
  • It may act as a pain reliever.
  • It may work as a diuretic.
  • It may aid in digestion.

As it relates to your reproductive health, Marshmallow treats urinary infections and bladder infections. It induces phagocytosis, a process that supports cells to engulf bacteria & dead cell tissues to speed up the healing process. This is just an overall beneficial plant. As with all things, check with your physician before adding any new supplements to your diet. If you would like to have a yoni steam blend created for you, contact me for a free 15-minute consultation regarding. I am also available for yoni steam consultations.

~Ony