Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis) is a perennial herb that’s native to Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa. It’s been used as a folk remedy for thousands of years to treat digestive, respiratory, and skin conditions. Its healing powers are due in part to the mucilage it contains.
Marshmallow root also has the potential to treat a wide range of digestive conditions, including constipation, heartburn, and intestinal colic. Marshmallow root may help soothe irritation and inflammation in the digestive tract.
Marshmallow root may also be a useful remedy for treating coughs and colds, due to the high mucilaginous content of marshmallow root. Additionally it may help relieve skin irritation and wound healing due to it’s antibacterial activity.