Parts used: Root
Alterative, antibacterial, anti-catarrhal, anti-inflammatory, antilithic, demulcent, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, galactagogue, lithotriptic, mucilant, nutritive, vulnerary
Calcium, iodine, iron, pantothenic acid, sodium, vitamins A and B-complex
Marshmallow helps expel phlegm and relaxes the bronchial tubes while soothing and healing. It aids in healing lung ailments such as asthma and inflammation. The soothing and healing properties of the mucilage in marshmallow make it a valuable herb for many lung ailments. It is also useful on sore throats, infections, diarrhea, dysentery, skin irritations and for coughs. Marshmallow is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant, which makes it food for the joints and the gastrointestinal tract. Used as a poultice with cayenne, it can help with gangrene, blood poisoning, burns, bruises and wounds.
Research has found that the mucilaginous properties of marshmallow yield a soothing effect on the mucous membranes.
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