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How You Could Benefit From Marshmallow Root

Updated on September 10, 2012

The Romans used to consider Marshmallow Root a delicacy. One scoop a day would keep the doctor away. Today, when we hear the word Marshmallow Root, most of us will think of a puffy sweet candy-like treat. Fact is that marshmallow candy were once made with the root of the marshmallow plant. Apart from this, it is a medicinal herb effective in treating all kinds of skin conditions, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory functions.

Skincare Benefits

Marshmallow Root powder can be mixed with warm water. This will form into a mucilaginous substance good for all kinds of skin irritations, burns, boils, abscesses. It also boosts moisture levels within the skin, improving the dermal structure and therefore slowing down aging of the skin. Because it has natural anti-inflammatory agents, it will penetrate through the layers of the skin, boost the immune system to fight off inflammation.

Gastrointestinal Benefits

Marshmallow Root has a mild laxative effect, promoting a healthy digestion and the removal of toxins trapped within the digestive system. It has been helpful with conditions such as stomach overacidity, ulcers and even gastritis. Some research done even showed marshmallow root to be effective with ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome. If constipated marshmallow root may be a natural alternative to relief a backed-up digestive system.

Respiratory Benefits

Marshmallow Root contains cough-suppressant properties which may help ease conditions that cause us to cough such as bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma or a simple chest cold. Because it has a soothing effect on the respiratory tract it can also decrease pains associated with sore throat.

Urinary Tract Benefits

Marshmallow Root has also shown to be a wonderful body cleanser, improving conditions such as bladder or urinary tract infections. Because it has a detoxifying effect on the kidneys, it has been used in treating kidney stones. Cleansing the kidneys occasionally with marshmallow root can prevent the formation of new stones if one is prone to such a painful condition.


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      greeneryday 5 years ago from Some tropical country

      Thank you for the very useful information written about marshmallow root on this hub! Voted up & useful and also bookmarked!


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