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The generic name, Althaea, is derived from the Greek, altho, meaning "to cure". The family name, Malvaceae, comes from the Greek word malake or "soft" with reference to the soft mucilaginous character of this herb. Marshmallow was advocated as a wound healer by the Greek Physician Hypocrites and has been used for hundreds of years in treating wounds with excellent results. The leaves are often used as poultices and fomentations and is excellent to draw out poisons, and or any debris that might be imbedded in an open wound. In this case, Marshmallow used as a poultice on an open wound of any sort will benefit and shorten the healing time of that wound due to its ability to cleanse the wound by its drawing abilities. Due to its drawing power, Marshmallow is added to many formulas.
Marshmallow is a unique plant that is very valuable in several categories of healing. As a demulcent, it is used as an excellent poultice for a variety of uses. Marshmallow is very soothing for any sore or inflamed part of the body. In fact, a poultice of Marshmallow powder can be used anytime a poultice is needed. Due to the high content of mucilage and starch, the powdered Marshmallow plant will draw out and absorb moisture from damp surfaces. If Marshmallow were used for no other purpose than as a poultice, it would be immeasurable valuable to mankind.
Marshmallow is a mucilaginous calcium-rich herb and can be used to soothe and heal mucous membranes such as the lungs, digestive tract and bowel It has been used as a food from very ancient times of which many different mallow plants had been eaten. In the Bible, we find that Mallow was eaten in time of famine (Job30:3,4).
Marshmallow will enrich the milk of nursing mothers and at the same time increase milk flow. It is effective to combine Blessed Thistle and Marshmallow together as nutrient for enriching mother's milk. Marshmallow works as a natural fiber to regulate bowel activity and increase colonic flora. Marshmallow, being both mucilaginous and nutritive, is an excellent "coating" of the intestinal tract when the natural mucus of the intestine has been, scraped or rubbed off, whatever the cause may be.
Marshmallow's highest medicinal acclaim is as a demulcent
Internally, it has a soothing effect on inflammation and irritation of the alimentary canal and of the urinary and respiratory organs. It is said to ease the passage of kidney stones. Marshmallow is used in combination with other diuretic herbs during kidney treatments to assist in the release of stones and gravel. As a constituent of a diuretic formula, Marshmallow is of special value due to its non-astringent soothing effect. It is used externally for varicose veins and skin abscesses or dermatitis.
When eaten as food, Marshmallows' non-absorbable polysaccharides coat the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and absorb toxins. Tannins (acids) along with the volatile oils of Marshmallow are responsible for the Marshmallows' diuretic effects. Their presence irritates the mucous membranes of the urinary tract until mucous is secreted to isolate and neutralize the toxins. Marshmallow has factors allowing it to combine with and eliminate toxins, aiding the body to cleanse. This ability to combine with body toxins makes Marshmallow excellent when added to other formulas to help neutralize toxins that are the causative factors of arthritis.
Marshmallow works well for urinary problems.
Marshmallow (100 capsules)