Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis)
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ALSO KNOWN AS: althea, althaea
PLANT FAMILY: Malvaceae
PART(S) USED: Dried root
OVERVIEW: Marshmallow is an herbaceous perennial that can be found growing alongside marshes, seas, riverbanks, and other equally damp areas. Known throughout ancient Egyptian, Arab, Greek, and Roman cultures, this herb has been used for at least 2000 years.
TRADITIONAL USES: In traditional folk practices, it was used to soothe and moisten mucous membranes of the respiratory, digestive, and urinary tracts. It was also used as an external poultice. The plant has been used in beverages, desserts, candies, cosmetic creams, and was the "root" of the original marshmallow confectionery.
STORAGE: Keep dry. Store in an airtight container in a dry cupboard away from light.
PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS:
- Use at your own risk.
- Should be taken with at least 250 mL (8 oz) of liquid. Orally administered drugs should be taken 1 hour before use or several hours after, as marshmallow may slow absorption.
- When applied topically, marshmallow root has the potential to cause skin irritation. Talk to your doctor if you are taking other medications before starting marshmallow root, as it's been found to interact with lithium and diabetes drugs. It can also coat the stomach and interfere with absorption of other medications.
- Always consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have an existing medical condition, have allergies, or are on any medications.
WARNING: This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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