Marshmallow – Althea officinales

Marshmallow - Althea officinales

Family: Malvaceae

Height: up to 2m

Pale pink flowers with large, velvety, toothed leaves.

The whole plant is edible and has a long history of use. Used in the pharmaceutical industry, Marshmallow root is particularly valuable in inflammation of the mouth, throat, digestive and urinary tracts. It can also be used externally.

Marshmallow Root is enjoyed by chinchillas, is rich in calcium with a high Ca:P ratio and good vitamin C content.

Constituents:

Root: 25-35% mucilage, tannins, pectins, asparagine, quercitin and kaempferol, phenolic acids such as salicylic acid.

Leaf: Mucilage, flavanoids, and essential oil.

Actions:

Root: Demulcent, diuretic, emollient, vulnerary.

Leaf: Demulcent, expectorant, diuretic, and emollient.