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Marshmallow (Althea officinalis)
What is Dandelion?
Marshmallow is a plant.Marsh mallow is an alternate spelling of marshmallow.It grows in salt marshes and on banks near large bodies of water. It is common in the eastern United States. The stems grow to 1-2 m tall, and flower in mid summer. The leaves are palmately lobed with 3-7 lobes.For many years marshmallow plants have been used to relieve coughs and sore throats, as well as for chapped skin and minor wounds.Both the root and the leaf of the marshmallow plant contain a substance known as mucilate, a mucusy substance that does not dissolve in water.
It is this substance that causes marshmallow to swell up and become slippery when wet. This attribute of the marshmallow plant gives it the ability to soothe irritation of the mouth, throat and stomach, as well as to relieve coughing.
What is the effective dosage of marshmallow supplementation?
The effective dosage of marshmallow is 1 1/-4 teaspoons (6 grams) of the root per day. Marshmallow can be prepared as a tea to be taken 5 times a day.
What are the benefits of marshmallow supplementation?
• Marshmallow has anti-inflammation properties.
• It is useful as a mouthwash for swollen, inflamed and infected gums.
• It's ointment is Used for boils, abscesses and skin conditions.
• It sometimes used to treat cystitis and urinary tract inflammation.
• It is very effective in treating cough asthma and common cold/sore throat.
• It eases gastrointestinal irritation.
What are the side effects of marshmallow supplementation?
Historically, marshmallow is generally regarded as being safe in healthy individuals. However, since studies have not evaluated the safety of marshmallow completely, allergic reactions may occur.