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Marshmallow Root, c/s (Althaea)

  • Marshmallow Root, c/s (Althaea)
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$2.25
SKU:
HRB-0103
Weight:
0.08 LBS
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Marshmallow Root, c/s (Althaea)

Althaea officinalis

Origin: Bulgaria
Form: Cut and Sifted
Unit size: 1 ounce
Other names: Althaea, Mortification Root, Sweet Weed, Wymote
Esoteric Uses: Protection, psychic powers, clairvoyance, divination, calm and tranquility
Esoteric Associations: Moon, Water
Incense Aroma:

The leaves, flowers and the root of Marshmallow all have medicinal properties. These are reflected in the name of the genus, which comes from the Greek althein, meaning "to heal". In traditional Chinese medicine, Althaea officinalis is known as yàoshǔkuí. It increases the flow of breast milk and soothes the bronchial tubes. Marshmallow is traditionally used as a treatment for the irritation of mucous membranes, including use as a gargle for mouth and throat ulcers, and gastric ulcers. An extract from the flowers has potential benefits for hyperlipidemia, gastric ulcers and platelet aggregation. The root has been used since the Middle Ages in the treatment of sore throat.

The root extract (halawa extract) is sometimes used as flavouring in the making of a Middle Eastern snack called halva. The flowers and young leaves can be eaten, and are often added to salads or are boiled and fried. A confection made from the root since ancient Egyptian time evolved into today's marshmallow treat. The later French version of the recipe, called pâte de guimauve (or "guimauve" for short), included an eggwhite meringue and was often flavored with rose water. Pâte de guimauve more closely resembles contemporary commercially available marshmallows, which no longer contain any actual marshmallow.

Any information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment.


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