Marshmallow root

Marshmallow root

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.

Peer Reviewed Research

  1. Bahmani M, et al. (2014). Identification of medicinal plants of Urmia for treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. DOI:
    10.1016/j.bjp.2014.08.001
  2. Curnow A, et al. (2016). An evaluation of root phytochemicals derived from Althea officinalis (marshmallow) and Astragalus membranaceus as potential natural components of UV protecting dermatological formulations. DOI:
    10.1155/2016/7053897
  3. Dawid-Pać R. (2013). Medicinal plants used in treatment of inflammatory skin diseases. DOI:
    10.5114/pdia.2013.35620
  4. Deters A, et al. (2010). Aqueous extracts and polysaccharides from Marshmallow roots (Althea officinalis L.): Cellular internalisation and stimulation of cell physiology of human epithelial cells in vitro [Abstract]. DOI:
    doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2009.09.050
  5. Elmastas M, et al. (2011). Determination of antioxidant activity of marshmallow flower (Althaea officinalis L.) [Abstract]. DOI:
    10.1081/AL-120039431
  6. Fahamiya N, et al. (2016). Unani perspective of Khatmi (Althaea officinalis).
    phytojournal.com/archives/2016/vol5issue6/PartE/5-6-35-802.pdf
  7. Hage-Sleiman R, et al. (2011). Pharmacological evaluation of aqueous extract of Althaea officinalis flower grown in Lebanon. DOI:
    10.3109/13880209.2010.516754
  8. Kostova B, et al. (2013). Development and evaluation of novel lozenges containing marshmallow root extract.
    researchgate.net/profile/Irina_Nikolova4/publication/258282899_Development_and_evaluation_of_novel_lozenges_containing_marshmallow_root_extract/links/00b7d527dff71b6959000000/Development-and-evaluation-of-novel-lozenges-containing-mars
  9. Rezaei M, et al. (2015). Evaluation of the antibacterial activity of the Althaea officinalis L. leaf extract and its wound healing potency in the rat model of excision wound creation.
    ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4418059/
  10. Sendker J, et al. (2017). Phytochemical characterization of low molecular weight constituents from marshmallow roots (Althaea officinalis) and inhibiting effects of the aqueous extract on human hyaluronidase-1. DOI:
    10.1021/acs.jnatprod.6b00670
  11. Valizadeh R, et al. (2015). Wound healing potential of Althaea officinalis flower mucilage in rabbit full thickness wounds. DOI:
    10.1016/j.apjtb.2015.07.018
  12. Woodford N, et al. (2009). Infections caused by Gram-positive bacteria: A review of the global challenge. DOI:
    10.1016/S0163-4453(09)60003-7

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