Plant Wisdom: Marshmallow


Image: Maia Toll's Illustrated Herbiary

The plant which revealed itself for today's Plant Wisdom blog post is the wonderfully sweet Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis). We may be more familiar with the powdery pink and white pillows of the same name, but sadly these are very far removed from the nourishing goodness of Marshmallow - marshmallow confectionery contains water, sugar and gelatine (a byproduct created from boiling down animal bones).


Common Uses

Marshmallow was once used to create sweet treats that helped ease fiery digestion, and has been moving around kitchens since 2000BC. Marshmallow roots are filled with a mucilage (thick substance that has a gluey consistency) that helps ease indigestion, heartburn and ulcers. It is also stimulating to the immune system, helping to moisten the lungs, and relieve dry coughs and chest infections.


Spirit Medicine

Marshmallow gently sweetens our outlook, restoring our fortitude when we can no longer 'stomach' the trials of life. She softens our hard edges, encouraging us to loosen the internal emotional fires of anger and frustration. Marshmallow teaches us to nourish ourselves again with the sweetness of life.


Important

This post is intended for information purposes only and not medical advice - please visit the terms page for more details . Please seek advice from a medical professional and, if you are considering herbal medicine, please consult a professional Herbalist.


Further Information

Andrea Doran, Therapeutic Horticulturist and Alternative Medicine Practitioner

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