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Marshmallow Root Tea

What is marshmallow root tea

Marshmallow root tea is a health-boosting drink prepared from the roots of the marshmallow plant grown in North Africa, Europe, and Western Asia. Beneficial for several health problems, the herbal decoction is a good source of vitamins and minerals.

Marshmallow Root Tea

History and origin

In the ancient times, the root of marshmallow was an effective remedy for curing a cough and sore throat as well as several respiratory problems. The Egyptians, Chinese, Syrians, and Romans also used marshmallow in their regular diet and was gradually adopted by the French.

Marshmallow Root Tea

Marshmallow Root Tea

Marshmallow root tea health benefits

For respiratory system

Having expectorant properties makes it effective in clearing mucus, and thereby improving certain upper respiratory tract conditions such as whooping cough, bronchitis, pleurisy, and chest congestion. Its mucilage content can reduce irritation in the mucous membranes, providing relief from a sore throat, dry cough, and cold.

Effects on digestion

Along with digestion-boosting properties, the herbal infusion acts as a carminative, promoting the activity of digestive enzymes, including pepsin, and thus minimizing abdominal discomfort arising due to common gastrointestinal conditions like bloating, flatulence, gastritis, and diarrhea. Additionally, the anti-inflammatory effects of mucilage are considered to be beneficial for heartburn and peptic ulcers.

For urinary system

Besides exhibiting mild diuretic effects, the anti-inflammatory properties of the herbal infusion are believed to be effective in managing interstitial cystitis, having a soothing effect on the urinary tract and reducing bladder pain and spasms as well as regulating the pH levels in urine in addition to helping in repairing the tissues. Its intake also aids in starting and maintaining a urine stream in those with urinary incontinence.

Marshmallow Root Tea Images

Marshmallow Root Tea Images

Immune-strengthening properties

Being a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, potassium, manganese, phosphorus and having mild amounts of vitamin B1, B2 and B3, zinc, and silicon, the herbal drink has positive effects on the immune system, preventing infections.

Detoxifying effects

Consumption of the tea on a regular basis could be beneficial for boosting the function of the liver and kidneys due to its ability in eliminating the toxic wastes from the body.

A potential remedy for maintaining a healthy weight, it contains tannins that promote healing of wounds. Rinsing the mouth with the cold herbal infusion can reduce oral inflammation.

Marshmallow Plant

Marshmallow Plant

How to make marshmallow root tea

The following steps are for preparing 4 cups of marshmallow root tea.

  • Boil 4 cups of water in a saucepan
  • Add 4 teaspoons of the dried marshmallow roots to it
  • Simmer for about 10 to 20 minutes
  • Strain the mixture
  • Add honey or sugar for taste

If you are preparing one cup of the herbal drink, then use 1 teaspoon of the dried roots for 1 cup of water.

Marshmallow Root Cold Tea

  • Add 1 tablespoon of marshmallow root to 1 cup of warm water in a pint size mason jar
  • Cover the jar with the lid and shake gently
  • Keep it in the  refrigerator for few hours or overnight
  • Strain the infusion and drink
Marshmallow Root Tea Pictures

Marshmallow Root Tea Pictures

Safety and Precautions

Side effects

Although consumption of the herbal tea does not lead to any adverse effects, diabetic patients should have it in limited amounts to prevent the risk of low blood sugar levels.

During pregnancy

As there is no information available to support the use of marshmallow root tea during pregnancy, it should be avoided by expectant mothers. It is also advisable to avoid its consumption while breastfeeding.

Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow Root

Where to buy

Marshmallow root tea and tea bags can be purchased from any local herbal tea store or ordered online.

Article was last reviewed on 3rd November 2017

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