Known throughout the ancient Egyptian, Arab, Greek, and Roman cultures, and used continually for at least 2000 years, marshmallow leaf and root continue to provide relief for irritations, internally and externally. In traditional folk healing practices it was given to soothe and moisten mucous membranes of the respiratory, digestive, and urinary tracts, and also as an external soothing poultice for wounds and burns. This plant has been used in beverages, desserts, candies, cosmetic creams, and was the "root" of the original marshmallow confectionary.4
demulcent, diuretic, emollient,3,9,12,14 urinary demulcent,9 expectorant, 1vulnerary
mucilage polysaccharides composed of galacturonorhamnans, arabinans, glucans, and arabinogalactans; carbohydrates the flavonoid glycosides kaempferol and quercetin; caffeic, chlorogenic, ferulic, and syringic phenolic acids; tannins; sugars; amines; fat; calcium oxalate; coumarins; and sterols.17 betaine, magnesium, mucilage, pectin18
Specific: Should be taken with at least 250mL (8 oz) of liquid. Orally administered drugs should be taken 1 hour before use or several hours after, as marshmallow may slow the absorption.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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