Marshmallow roots


The Marshmallow root (Althea Officinalis) is also known as white mallow herb. Other alternative names are Malvavisco, Althea, Khatmah, Usubeni-tatiaoi, Khitmi, Iviscus, and Ghasul. This psychoactive herb  originated from Europe. Its therapeutic effect to the body explains why it is use as an alternative medicine.

Ancient medicines use this herb as a tea. It produces several desirable effects to the body, which are bound to prevent other lifestyle diseases such as hypertension. The marshmallow root had been adopted for domestic use in America. It is one of the identified beneficial herbal medicines in Asia, as well. This herb predominantly thrives in the salty and dark marshes.

Medicinal Benefits of Marshmallow Roots

The marshmallow root has several medicinal benefits. Aside from the roots, other part of this psychoactive herb is used as an active ingredient for teas, food supplement, and pharmaceutical medications.

The flower of this herb is used for conventional processing in making cough syrups. It contains potent natural compound that can loosen thick secretions. Thus, pharmaceutical companies that manufacture expectorants use the flower of this herb to extract the essential elements.

Other medicinal benefits of Marshmallow root (Althea Officinalis) are:

1. Used as a remedy for sore throat. Ancient medicine extracts the large amount of mucilage found in this herb to treat respiratory problems such as pertussis (whooping cough) and bronchitis (inflammation of the bronchial tubes).

2. The active compound found in this herb produces therapeutic effect for alleviating the manifestations of diarrhea (watery stool). It improves the peristaltic movement, which facilitates proper digestion. The marshmallow root is effective for relieving the signs and symptoms of several digestive problems like Chron’s Disease, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

3. Drinking of marshmallow root tea has been linked to weight loss, as well. The physiologic effect of the tea can block the body’s receptor, which signals the hunger center of the brain. As a result, people who drank this tea may have the feeling of fullness, and thus, eat less.

Therapeutic Effects of Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow root tea involves anti-inflammatory effect. It works effectively for reducing the occurrence of peptic ulcer disease (PUD), ulceration in the mouth, gastroenteritis, colitis, and hiatal hernia.

1. This psychoactive herb works for external application. In 1960, laboratory tests were conducted about the effects of Marshmallow roots for topical use. The research output states that, when applied topically, Marshmallow roots can reduce inflammatory processes on the skin surface.

2. It works effectively for wounds, cuts, and other skin problems such as psoriasis and eczema. Other solutions made of this herb works to treat conjunctivitis (sore eyes).

3. Other domestic products like mouthwash may contain this herb. The roots of the marshmallow plant can help reduce the inflammation of gums (gingivitis).

4. It reduces the extent of irritation in the mouth, which commonly affects the teething infant. The roots are peeled and can be chewed, as well.

Proper Dosages and Administration of Marshmallow Root

There are supplements in the form of herbal tablets, which contain marshmallow roots. These are ingested orally or crushed and mixed to liquid.

1. It is recommended to take 5 mg of marshmallow root tablet and mixed it with water. Take at least 5 – 10 ml of the mixture for 3 times in a day.

2. For cough and other respiratory ailments, 2 grams of marshmallow root is sufficient to obtain its effect. Mix the solution to cold water and leave it for 2 hours. Afterwards, use the mixture as mouth gargle and do this for 2 times in a day.

3. For topical application, peel the root and soak it in warm water. Mix it until the solution becomes pasty. Spread the solution in a clean cloth and apply it directly to the affected area of the skin.

Smoking Marshmallow roots

Marshmallow roots makes a smooth smoke . It is ideal as a base for any herbal blend alike herbs like Mullein and Damiana.  It relaxes the mind when smoked on his own, but it’s not as strong as some other herbs like Skullcap or Wild dagga flowers.

Side Effects of Marshmallow Roots

Using of this herb can provide several therapeutic effects to the body. However, there are few things that anyone should consider before using. These things are related to the potential adverse reactions, when using the Marshmallow root (Althea Officinalis). Below are the common side effects of this psychoactive herb:

1. It may produce a minimal interaction to other pharmaceutical drugs. Medications that are used for stabilizing the blood sugar (oral hypoglycemic) should be taken with precautionary measures.

2. The marshmallow root can promote milk production. However, this can affect the normal stimulation of the mammary gland. Hence, high doses of this root can cause some hormonal changes in the body.


There are no cases reported to the toxicity level of using this herb. Furthermore, there are limited resources that could involve the marshmallow roots for legal implications. It is currently legal everywhere.

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