Healing The Gut with Marshmallow Root

There’s much more to that sweet, fluffy treat we enjoy melted in a s’more or sprinkled atop hot cocoa. Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) is an ancient herb whose Greek name, Althainean, means “to heal.” Ancient Greek and Egyptian healers used Marshmallow flowers and leaves in salads to support healthy digestion. A secretion, known as mucilage, from its roots and stems, was used to soften the skin, treat sore throats, and ease congestion. Naturopathic doctors use Marshmallow Root (aka “mallow”) for these purposes and in treatment preparations for:

  • inflammation of the lining of the stomach
  • digestive issues including diarrhea stomach ulcers, constipation
  • inflammatory bowel disease, leaky gut syndrome and autoimmune disorders
  • skin conditions such as eczema
  • bloating and water retention
  • dry coughs and colds
  • bacterial infections and respiratory infections

A key healing property of Marshmallow Root is the ability to soothe inflammation of the mucous membranes throughout the body. When food sensitivity/allergies, illness, or other factors interfere with healthy digestion, a person can experience upset stomach, heartburn, constipation or diarrhea. Mallow forms a thick protective coating in the digestive tract, which helps reduce the burning and tame other symptoms of digestive distress.

With tall stalks topped by a lovely five-petal white blossom with purple center, Marshmallow Root makes a striking addition to a garden – especially if you enjoy harvesting for herbal tea. Supplements come in different forms including powder, tea, extract, ointments, and capsule. While considered safe for most adults and children, do ask your La Mesa naturopathic doctor which preparations of are best for you.

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Comments

  1. Betty Torres says:

    Hi can marshmallow root change the color of your stool?

    • Dr. Shannyn says:

      Marshmallow can change the color and the consistency of your stool, usually a paler color and looser stool depending on the amount you are ingesting and what else you are taking with it.

  2. Alysha Marshall says:

    Hi can marshmallow root cause mucus in your stool?

    • Dr. Shannyn says:

      Marshmallow root is a demulcent so it create a protective slime or a cloud so to speak over your hills and valleys that make up the immune system, enzymes and other digestive functions. It can help act as a mucosal layer when your body either over produces or runs out or doesn’t make enough mucus for protection. So in that way, you can see some mucus in your stool with a demulcent but it is likely caused by an underlying problem such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease and not the botanical itself.

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