Marshmallow – Althaea Officinalis
The main action of marshmallow, is its emollient property. The most healing part of this herb is its root, mainly used in digestive problems and stomach disorders, such as inflammations of the digestive tract, gastritis, esophagitis, inflammations of the small intestine, colitis and ulcers. The reason for its strong soothing action is the high content of vegetable glue. In combination with its healing and anti-inflammatory action, its use can not only relieve but also heal.
Another area in which Althea or marshmallow has a beneficial effect, is the oral cavity. Whether as a decoction of the root or as an infusion of leaves and flowers, gargling, fights gingivitis, bad breath, cold sores and generally sores and inflammation of the oral cavity.
Marshmallow is beneficial for the respiratory system, due to its emollient and anti-inflammatory properties, it is recommended for consumption by smokers. Fights cough, dry and productive, due to the emollient and expectorant properties, which are present both in the aboveground parts and in the roots. Due to the same beneficial effects, and in combination with its anti-inflammatory action, it is effective in treating a number of diseases and disorders related to the lungs. Some of which are pharyngitis, laryngitis and bronchitis.
The decoction of the root, protects against colds, strengthening the immune system. At the same time it reduces blood pressure and enhances the detoxification of the body with its diuretic properties. Protects against inflammation and kidney disease and fights kidney stones.
Marshmallow helps in the rapid healing of wounds, cuts and burns. Due to its strong emollient action, the washes relieve skin diseases, stings and swelling.
Althea still has some individual properties, but they are worth mentioning. These are the treatment of a headache after a drink also known as a hangover, the treatment of fluid retention, and its action against mucosal inflammation. Poultice of marshmallow leaves on swollen feet and varicose veins, relieves and reduces swelling. An infusion for eye washes is often recommended to combat conjunctivitis. While rubbing on sore muscles and tendons, relieve and calm.
Finally, it is worth noting that the plant, unlike most herbs, has no adverse effects on the human body.
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