NL: Echte heemst /
F: Guimauve sauvage
Marshmallow is a powerful medicinal herb that has been proven to soothe and heal inflammations an irritations in mucous membranes of the respiratory, urinary and digestive tract. That covers quite a lot of conditions: bronchitis, peptic ulcers, gastritis, cystitis, mouth and throat inflammations, etc.
All parts of the plant are edible and can be used medicinally.
The powder of the leaves or roots is used to help to drag pus and inflammatory liquids from gangrenous wounds, tumors, (painful) swellings, boils, abcesses. It is also used to draw out stings, splinters or thorns.
It has a cooling effect and it can help reduce hot flushes during the menopause. It also helps to boost milk production in lactating mothers.
Its demulcent and emollient properties make marshmallow a very popular supporting herb in formulas, as it combines well with many other herbs. The root powder is even used to bind with other medicinal herbs in pills and capsules.
Here are some interesting links to extra information on marshmallow:
Soothing Marshmallow & Marshmallow Infusion - Learning Herbs
Slimy and Sweet - a closer look at Marshmallow - Methow Valley Herbs
Marshmallow (Althea officinalis) - Avena Botanicals
Marshmallow | University of Maryland Medical Center