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Marshmallow or althaea officinalis is a perennial plant that differs from mallows by its calicle, which has more than 6 bracts.
This officinal plant belongs to the Malvaceae family, it is native to the Asian steppes and the south of France.
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The marshmallow for the little story
The softening properties of marshmallows have been known since ancient times. Theophrastus used it in honeyed wine to treat coughs.
Marshmallow and its health benefits
Whether it is herroot, of its flowers or his leaves, the marshmallow is revealed emollient and softening.
You can use it every day to calm down irritation and inflammation : throat, respiratory tract, bladder, oral cavity and intestine (enteritis), mucous membranes in general. Marshmallow is noticeably laxative, therefore effective in cases of constipation. Marshmallow flowers are classified as "pectoral species".
> For external use, you can use the marshmallow for all skin inflammation. It is also applied to insect bites and ulcers.
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> Internal use:
Infusion or maceration of marshmallow root: cold, 20 g of root per liter. Infusion of leaves or flowers, following the same proportions. Don't hesitate to mix flowers, leaves and roots. Drink 3 cups a day. Against irritation and inflammation.
Marshmallow syrup: to prepare with a root decoction (15 to 20 grams of root per half liter of water), to which is added 1 kg of sugar. Against coughing.
> External use:
Concentrated decoction of marshmallow plant: 30 to 50 grams per liter of water, boiled for 15 minutes. This decoction can be used in gargles, mouthwashes, washes, injections, enemas, compresses, sitz baths. Sprayed, it softens fine, dry and scaly skin, and decongests blotchy and sensitive skin.
Marshmallow, especially its root, is very rich in mucilage. It is also cough suppressant, expectorant and softening. It is used in cough syrup, eye lotion ...
What about the marshmallow we eat then?
It doesn't have much in common with medicinal marshmallow. Originally, it was made with a decoction of marshmallow root ... Today, it is made with egg whites in snow, sugar syrup and gelatin, not to mention synthetic flavors and colorings!
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We also call the marshmallow "officinal marshmallow".