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      Marshmallow ( not to be confused with Marsh Mellows ) is mostly used today by herbalists to relieve sore throat, much like Mullein leaf, which I suggest in combination with one another. It also has believed inflammation relieving properties to offer according to holistic practitioners. The medicinal applications of Marshmallow has been documented for well over 2,800 years. It has even been mentioned in "Homer's Iliad". Its genus name comes from the Greek word, "altho", meaning "to cure". Not only does the herb get its name from the Greek, but they also were one of the original cultures to use it as medicine. Below I'll share some science, culture use, and my own personal do it yourself recipes, etc.


Over the years of reading academic journals, books, etc, on the use of herbal medicines, I have noticed pattersn. Many plants that share the same believed medicinal properties also share the same phytochemicals. These fascinating chemicals are made by nature. This would mean that wild herbs use the suns energy, and the biospheres water and air, to create a ming boggling number of potential medicinal and psychoactive constituents. Phytochemistry backs this up. It's my belief that natural remedies are not bogus, or "folk lore". Remember that a branch of chemistry called phytochemistry is dedicated to discovering potential pharmacological break-throughs via herbal medicine. In essence, the historic applications of these supplements has inspired modern scientific research.


Marshmallow literally contains loads of different potential pharmacological constituents. Some of them include: altheahexacosanyl lactone (n-hexacos-2-enyl-1,5-olide), 2β-hydroxycalamene (altheacalamene), altheacoumarin glucoside (5,6-dihydroxycoumarin-5-dodecanoate-6β-D-glucopyranoside), as well as phytoconstituents lauric acid, β-sitosterol and lanosterol. You can learn much more about these by reading into them via academic journals. Google now has a 'scholarly' feature. Enter the checmicals name followed by 'scholarly'. I like to read about each one and what they've been found to do, and then utilize the plants according to that research. You definitely need to speak with a doctor first though.


The Romans and Chinese also used Marshmallow. Poultices and teas are the most commonly used preparation methods for using it as a natural remedy to soothe mucous membranes of the respiratory, digestive, and urinary systems. Many claim it's useful for dealing with ulcers. I like to soak a piece of mullein leaf in some Mashmallow tea and then tape it on as a herbal band-aid. I really like this idea and I think just about anyone can be creative with this stuff. Once in a blue moon there are allergies associated with certain plants though I have never known anyone to have any in my entire life, nor have I heard of anyone who knew someone. It could possibly be a myth but I don't know.


Many creative creations have come into existence throughout history using medicinal plants. One such masterpiece was made by the Egyptians. They would take Marshmallow root and cook it into candies! The more you learn about these herbal remedies the more ideas you'll come up with. Over time my belief has become that natural ways of doing things in life was an intention designed by a divine intelligence, which crafted all evolutionary life supporting processes in this that we call reality. I hope to inspire others to embark upon a mission to better understand this way of life.

Do It Yourself


In this paragraph I'm going to share a few do it yourself applications for Marshmallow leaf. There are three different ways to use this stuff in this paragraph. The first one is a herbal bandage. If you are fortunate enough to have access to seeds you can grow your own a pick a fresh leaf. I like to use the fresh leaf by placing it directly on a cut, burn, or abrasion, slightly moistening the area which will be placed directly on the injury. In this sense, it's sort of a natural bandage. The second way you can use it at home, is by mixing it with Ginger root, and Echinacea for upset stomach. Again, this is my opinion. Finally, I like to take a tea made from it, and get a little on my fingers and then apply it directly to a topical injury. I've had female friends that would literally wash their face with the tea. This makes sense because you're straight applying natural substances directly to the skin, carried by water.



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