While we are familiar with marshmallows as a campfire staple, the plant from which they originally came from has some outstanding health benefits. Althaea officinalis, or the marshmallow root, is a beautiful pink and white blooming plant, native to parts of Asia, Europe, and North Africa. Due to cultivation and international trade, it is now found in parts of North America as well.
Cultures around the globe have used marshmallow root for millennia, dating back to its use in Ancient Egypt for a myriad of health concerns. Eventually, a confectionary treat was created in Egypt and evolved into the fluffy white marshmallows we love today, but the marshmallow root was and still is used in traditional herbal medicine.
Marshmallow root health benefits
There are many beneficial compounds that can be derived from marshmallow root, including many anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich ingredients. Products made from marshmallow root have been used to soothe coughing fits, throat irritation, and soreness. As an ingredient in throat remedies, it supports and soothes the mucous membrane in the throat.
Marshmallow root is a prebiotic, which helps promote good bacteria in the gut. Altogether, the root herb is helpful for supporting gastrointestinal health, and reducing bloating, gas, indigestion, and stomach discomfort. Our Digestive Relief & Repair formula includes marshmallow root to naturally support good gut and esophageal health.
Why we use marshmallow root | healthy, beyond relief
- Restores and protects the stomach lining
- Relieves esophageal and abdominal discomfort
- Promotes overall gut health as a prebiotic