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Marshmallow - Uses and Benefits

Family: N.O. Malvaceae.

The stems, which die down in the autumn, are erect, 3 to 4 feet high, simple, or putting out only a few lateral branches. The leaves, shortly petioled, are roundish, ovate-cordate, 2 to 3 inches long, and about 1 1/4 inch broad, entire or three to five lobed, irregularly toothed at the margin, and thick.

Marshmallows seem little more than glorified sugar puffs. It's hard to believe that the sugary confections have a place in medical history-even though the modern kind no longer contain the herb that gives them their name. Real marsh mallow is a plant with a long root that actually does grow in a marsh. They are soft and velvety on both sides, due to a dense covering of stellate hairs. The flowers are shaped like those of the common Mallow, but are smaller and of a pale colour, and are either axillary, or in panicles, more often the latter.

Marshmallow or Respiratory in an herbal form might sound unusual to someone unfamiliar with herbology. But long before the white squishy balls were sitting in supermarket stores, the plant was growing in marshes. The plant is a member of the mallow family, which prefers wet places such as marshes for its habitat.

Uses of Marshmallow:-

It is used for the treatment of :-

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Common cold/sore throat
  • Cough
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Weight loss aid
  • Wound healing

Other possible uses of marshmallow are as:-

  • It is used externally for localized irritations, boils, abscesses, burns, sores, ulcers and minor injuries.
  • It helps to minimize skin inflammatory processes and is therefore also useful for fighting any skin degeneration, as well as cellular oxidation.
  • It has very beneficial effects on skin problems and diseases and helps in healing wounds, burns and irritation.

Side Effect:-

No side effects have been associated with using marshmallow. However, since few reliable studies of its use have been conducted in humans, it may have side effects that are not yet known. If you experience unexplained side effects while taking marshmallow, you should stop taking it and tell your doctor or pharmacist about the side effects.

Dosing:-

The below doses are based on scientific research, publications, traditional use, or expert opinion. Many herbs and supplements have not been thoroughly tested, and safety and effectiveness may not be proven. Brands may be made differently, with variable ingredients, even within the same brand. The below doses may not apply to all products.

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