Marshmallow Root Althea officinalis

Common uses as a tea

  • Use the root as a cold infusion
  • High mucilage content
  • Cooling, soothing demulcent for the respiratory tract
  • Soothes inflammation in the digestive tract, and the urinary tract
  • Can calm an overactive immune system
  • Helps stimulate production of white blood cells
  • Decreases the nerve sensitivity that causes coughs

Topical Uses

  • Use as a compress to treat burns, hemorrhoids, irritated eyes, mastitis, sunburn, wounds, and varicose veins
  • Use as a bath or wash to moisturize dry skin
  • Use as a hair rinse for dry lifeless hair
  • Gargle for sore throats
  • Use as a douche for vaginal dryness, or an enema for rectal irritation


  • The mucilage in marshmallow may cause a delay in the effects of pharmaceuticals taken at the same time


  • Pregnant women should ingest no more than 1-2 cups daily
  • Acute gallstone attack
  • Nursing mothers should avoid large amounts of mint which can dry breast milk, but small amounts can be beneficial for colicky babies