About marshmallow plant:
Marshmallow is a plant that grows in Africa and some parts of Europe. It has been used to make herbal medicines for hundreds of years. Its history goes back almost 3,000 years, when it was used as a folk remedy in Egypt and Greece.
It has also become important in Ayurvedic medicine as a possible way to treat lung diseases, bacterial infections, digestive problems, and even some skin diseases.
How is marshmallow root good for you?
Marshmallow is a natural mucilage, which means it acts like soft fibre and gets bigger when it gets wet. Because of this, the root forms a coating around the membranes that protects them. The root has antioxidants called flavonoids, a type of fibre called pectin, amino acids like asparagine, and other chemicals like coumarin, phenolic acids, tannins, and quercetin (antiviral and antibacterial substances).
Health benefits of marshmallow root:
- Helps with coughs: Marshmallow root has antitussive and mucilage properties that can help relieve cold symptoms and other respiratory problems, such as throat irritation and swollen lymph nodes. Studies have shown that herbal cough syrups with marshmallow root may help with breathing problems that cause mucus to build up. The mucilage coats the esophagus's surface and makes it feel better. When taken with chamomile and common mallow, marshmallow root can help reduce inflammation in the airways by a lot.
- Stops the growth of tumours: Some experts in herbal medicine say that the antioxidants in marshmallow root help stop the growth of tumours, especially in the lungs, and reduce the risk of them getting worse. Vitamin C in large amounts also helps clear mucus and may play a role in repairing and regenerating cells.
- Protects the gut: Marshmallow root can help relieve heartburn, acid reflux, diarrhoea, and even constipation. The mucilage coats the inside of the stomach and oesophagus, which protects it and stops it from burning. The marshmallow plant has mucilage and flavonoids that may help reduce the risk of certain ulcers, such as those caused by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Helps with skin problems: Marshmallow root calms the skin's nerves and reduces skin irritation and inflammation. It can be put on wounds, burns, bug bites, dry or cracked skin, and even skin that is peeling. When marshmallow root is put on the skin, it can help with eczema. This is because the root contains polysaccharides that moisturise the skin and add a protective layer to very sensitive skin. It can also stop UV radiation from the sun from making your skin age faster than it should.
- Promotes thicker hair: The mucilage in marshmallow root strengthens hair, making the strands look thicker by binding with hair proteins. It can also be used to get knots out of your hair and condition it.