Marshmallow root tea

The Marshmallow is native plant from Europe, Western Asia and certain areas in North America. The scientific name for it is ‘Althea.’ The roots, leaves and pink flowers of the plant are used to make Marshmallow Root tea. This herb has been used for centuries for its healing properties. It is well known for its soothing and calming effects as well. Marshmallow Root tea is also rich in vitamins that boost the immune system like Vitamin A and Vitamin C and also contains a soluble fiber called pectin which is beneficial for a healthy digestive system.

The most common use of Marshmallow Root tea is to treat respiratory and digestive problems. It is also used to treat irritations of the mouth, throat, intestinal tract and other ailments. When combined with a small amount of liquid, the Marshmallow Root yields a mucilage which can be used as emollients, in poultices and as a tea that can sooth skin inflammation. Marshmallow Root tea can also sooth coughs because the mucilage in the tea can coat and sooth the mucous membranes of the throat. This tea is also beneficial in treating heartburn and to soothe painful ulcers. Many people claim that sipping Marshmallow Root Tea will help stop vomiting as well. It may also be beneficial in helping to pass kidney stones easier.

Many women who are prone to urinary tract infections find that drinking Marshmallow Root tea can help soothe and heal mild cases of cystitis. The flowers on the plant can be made into a poultice which can be used externally to treat skin irritations, burns and other skin wounds. If you make an infusion of the flowers and leaves it can be used to gargle and sooth a sore throat as well. It also can be used as an eye wash.

Marshmallow Root tea can be made from the dried herb or from liquid extract. To make Marshmallow Root tea use 1 – 3 teaspoons of the dried herb for ever cup of tea that you want. If you are making Marshmallow Root tea from the liquid extract, use 1 teaspoon for every cup of tea. It is best to mix the herb with cold water before heating. Strain the tea after steeping for 5 minutes. Alternative health experts recommend drinking 3 cups of Marshmallow Root tea a day to treat ailments. To make a poultice or compress out of this herb you can chop the root and combine with a small amount of water to make a paste.

It should be known that drinking Marshmallow Root tea can slow down the absorption of some medications. Marshmallow Root tea can lower blood sugar levels and caution should be used if you are taking insulin for diabetes. You should consult with your medical doctor before using Marshmallow Root tea if you are on any kind of prescription medications. However, this tea has been safely used for centuries with no negative side effects.

You can grow your own Marshmallow plant in your garden and use it to make Marshmallow Root tea. The plant is a perennial and grows up to 4 feet tall. The root of the plant is white and has a sweet taste. It can also be found growing naturally in damp meadows. The marshmallows that you buy in the grocery stores actually do not contain marshmallow root at all.

The effects of Marshmallow Root tea can be notices faster with some individuals. With some, the soothing effects can be felt immediately and for others it may take months for them to feel the beneficial effects. You can purchase Marshmallow Root in health food stores and on various websites. It comes as a powder, in pill form or as a liquid extract.

Last updated on Apr 14th, 2010 and filed under Alternative Medicine. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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