Properties, Benefits And Uses Of Marshmallow

Properties, benefits and uses of marshmallow

When we talk about marshmallow, we immediately associate it with those edible and delicious sugar gums for children, which are usually eaten normal or hoes, as well as seen in series or movies on television. Oddly enough, those sweet marshmallows contained extracts from the marshmallow plant in their original recipe, hence the name of this fluffy sugary gum.

The main point we want to address in this article is the marshmallow plant, which, although little named, contains many properties and benefits. We invite you to discover everything that the marshmallow plant provides for the well-being of the body. Go ahead and read to the end and know the secrets of this gift of nature. 

What is the marshmallow?

It is an ancient plant, typical of European and Asian lands. It is a plant widely used in natural medicine, especially for its benefits as an expectorant, soothing and healing. 

It is easy to prepare in infusions or tinctures. In addition, in the pharmaceutical industry you can find products made from the marshmallow plant, either in the form of tablets or in syrups to relieve coughs. 

Data sheet

Scientific name Althaea officinalis
Common name Marshmallow, Bismalva 
Family: Herbaceae
Origin: Europe and Asia 
Description:  It has a height of 1.50 meters, its leaves are up to 10 cm high by 7 cm wide. Its flowers are white or in pink tones.
Used Part: Whole plant. However, it is in the root where its properties are most concentrated. 

Marshmallow properties

The marshmallow plant provides many benefits to our body. Marshmallow root stands out for having antitussive and antitussive properties, in addition to being an excellent expectorant and anti-inflammatory. This is thanks to the fact that it contains flavonoids, fiber, mucilage, tannins and other beneficial components for the body. 

Marshmallow health benefits

  • Helps fight respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, colds, pharyngitis and any other lung problem. It is very effective for the protection of the mucous membranes and acts as a natural expectorant.
  • It is used in the cases of treatments against piles. In these cases, both the infusion drink and sitz baths with the infusion (using at least one liter of it) are recommended.
  • It is used as plasmas to relieve skin burns. Also, it can be used as a compress on the face to treat acne and pimples. 
  • Avoid constipation, thanks to the fiber contained in this plant. 
  • The infusion of this plant is highly recommended for cleaning the urinary tract.

Marshmallow plant preparation 

The preparation of the marshmallow infusion can be made in different ways, but it is important to note that it is in the root that its nutritional and medicinal properties are found. 

The ideal for the infusion is to use approximately four grams of crushed or crushed marshmallow root. Subsequently, this root is boiled in water for approximately 10 minutes.

As you will see, the boiling time in this infusion is a little longer than that used in other hot drink preparations. This is because the marshmallow root is harder and takes longer to release its properties.

Finally, when the drink is ready, you can choose to sweeten it with honey or any other ingredient. 

Contraindications

  • The intake of marshmallow is not recommended in diabetic people, since the mucilage they contain could cause alterations in the levels of sugar present in the blood. 
  • The consumption of marshmallow in pregnant or lactating women is prohibited. The marshmallow plant contains trimetiglycine, a molecule that can cause abortion.
  • Its consumption is not recommended in people under medical treatment. In these cases, it is advisable to consult the doctor.

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