Marshmallow Root? Everyone's first thought is probably the sugary candy that you have roasted over the fire at summer camp.
What most people don't know is that Marshmallow Root has some wonderful benefits for our health.
Benefits of Marshmallow Root:
Great in treating coughs
The soothing and coating abilities or marshmallow root helps to stop the urge to cough. It helps with an irritated throat, can help to reduce swelling of lymph nodes, and speed up healing time.
Can Help Fighting Bacterial Infections
Marshmallow root may help speed up the healing process and naturally kills bacteria that can cause various ailments.
Once ingested, it helps increase the secretion of urine, which improves the body’s ability to draw bacteria out of the urinary tract.
This is the reason it’s also recommended for treating kidney stone symptoms.
Great For The Digestive Trac
Research has shown that the digestive tract benefits greatly from marshmallow. It can help in the treatment of different digestive disorders such as heartburn, stomach ulcer symptoms, diarrhea, constipation, and leaky gut syndrome. It coats the inside of the stomach and prevents acid from causing discomfort and burning.
It helps to restore integrity of the gut lining by forming a protective layer around small junctions. It seems to also be beneficial for other forms of inflammatory bowel disease, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.
Can Help Lowers Inflammation
Researchers found that marshmallow had anti-inflammatory effects that worked against both acute and chronic inflammation.
May Reduces Water Retention
Marshmallow seems to have diuretic effects. If your diet or hormone levels (such as experiencing PMS or menopause) cause you to retain water and feel uncomfortable, marshmallow can help increase urination and balance fluids.
Here is a simple and cooling Marshmallow Root tea to enjoy all those benefits. Can be made warm also, and you can omit the peppermint leaves.
- 1 tablespoon Marshmallow Root
- 1 teaspoon Peppermint Leaf (optional- for taste)
- 1 cup warm (not boiling) water
- Combine the herbs and water in a pint size mason jar and put on the lid.
- Shake gently and put in refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.
- Strain and drink cool.
Cautions: Marshmallow contains a type of soft fiber called mucilage. Mucilage can decrease how much medicine the body absorbs. Taking marshmallow at the same time you take medications by mouth can decrease the effectiveness of your medication. To prevent this interaction take marshmallow at least one hour after medications you take by mouth.