Studies have shown Potential Benefits:
Digestive health, antioxidant, heart health, pain relief, skin health, & anti-bacterial
Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis) is a perennial herb that’s native to Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa. It’s been used as a folk remedy for thousands of years to treat digestive, respiratory, and skin conditions. Marshmallow root has antibacterial activity that may make it effective in wound healing. Marshmallow, Althaea officinalis abundant in Middle Eastern and many other countries is commonly prescribed by herbal medicine practitioners in Lebanon for inflammation, gastritis, and common cold. Reported literature revealed that the majority of studies which were shown to have antitussive action, anti-inflammatory and immunostimulant activity, hypoglycemic activity, and to increase the phagocytic activity of macrophages. Additional studies reported activity against periodontopathic facultative aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, and reduction of pigmentation by inhibiting endothelin-1-induced activation of normal human melanocytes. Althaea officinalis has effective ingredients such as flavonoids of the polyphenols group, polysaccharides, mucins, antocyanins, and fiber. Marshmallow root also has the potential to act as a diuretic. Diuretics help the body to flush out excess fluid. This helps to cleanse the kidneys and the bladder.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0378874109006102?via%3Dihub – Healthy digestion, Marshmallow root may help soothe irritation and inflammation in the digestive tract.
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/13880209.2010.516754 – Gastrointestinal, Ulcers, Inflammation, Cholesterol, Liver, Heart Health. Benefits in treating gastric ulcers in rats. Anti-ulcer activity was noted after taking the extract for one month.
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24191313/ – Treats coughs and colds
https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/88934 – Coughs
https://www.termedia.pl/Review-paper-Medicinal-plants-used-in-treatment-of-inflammatory-skin-diseases,7,20954,1,1.html – Skin Anti-inflammatory
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4418059/ – Evaluation of the antibacterial activity and its wound healing potency in the rat model of excision wound creation. Antibacterial
http://www.phytojournal.com/archives/2016/vol5issue6/PartE/5-6-35-802.pdf – Laxative, Pain Relief, Diuretic, Expectorant
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1081/AL-120039431 – Determination of Antioxidant Activity of Marshmallow Flower (Althaea officinalis L.) Antioxidant. Marshmallow root has antioxidant properties that may help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals.
https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/88934 – This study found that an herbal cough syrup containing marshmallow root was effective in relieving coughs due to colds, bronchitis or respiratory tract diseases with formation of mucus. Marshmallow root appears to act as an enzyme to loosen mucous and inhibit bacteria. Lozenges containing marshmallow root extract helps dry coughs and an irritated throat
https://www.termedia.pl/Review-paper-Medicinal-plants-used-in-treatment-of-inflammatory-skin-diseases,7,20954,0,1.html – Supporting skin health topically – The anti-inflammatory effect of marshmallow root may also help relieve skin irritation caused by furunculosis, eczema, and dermatitis.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4418059/ – Anti-bacterial – Marshmallow root has antibacterial activity that may make it effective in wound healing. The results of this study suggest that marshmallow root extract has the potential to treat gram-positive bacteria. These bacteria are responsible for over 50 percent of the infections that occur and include antibiotic-resistant “super bugs”. When applied topically, the extract significantly increased wound healing in comparison to antibiotic controls. It is thought to speed up the healing time and reduce inflammation.
https://www.hindawi.com/journals/omcl/2016/7053897/ – Marshmallow root may be used to enhance the appearance of skin that has been exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Enhanced topically
http://www.phytojournal.com/archives/2016/vol5issue6/PartE/5-6-35-802.pdf – Helps support overall urinary health. The soothing effect of marshmallow can help relieve internal irritation and inflammation in the urinary tract