Marshmallow Leaf Cut & Sifted

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Marshmallow is a flowering member of the genus Althaea, the name for which is taken from the Greek word that means "to heal." The leaf of this Eurasian plant has a long history of documented use by the ancient Romans, Greeks and Chinese. The entire plant is mentioned in the literature as a "famine food" and the leaf is specifically described in Homer's Iliad, which dates to around 710 BC.

Today, dried marshmallow leaf is used to prepare teas, tinctures, extracts and oil infusions. Because the leaf swells when placed in liquid, it's possible to prepare formulas using a cold, non-alcoholic liquid as macerate.

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approximate cups to one pound10
plant part usedleaf
processingcut & sifted

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaHerbaceous with a mild, fresh aroma.


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cosmeticInfuse marshmallow leaf in oil, water or alcohol to make cosmetics and toiletries.
culinaryAdd to tea blends and directly to foods and beverages.
householdUse in herbal pillows and sachets.

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marshmallow leaf

Mildly sweet. Pair with mild flavored herbs and flowers for tea.

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what else you should know

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marshmallow leaf

Marshmallow, also known as Sweet Weed and Mortification Root, is a flowering perennial native to Africa and naturalized in Europe. Elsewhere, the plant is grown as an ornamental garden specimen. It is also used to lend a mild, sweet flavor to foods and beverages and a soothing quality to topical preparations. Because the leaf contains pectin and mucilage, the herb is a natural thickening agent and emollient.

A bizarre (not to mention painful) exercise that involved the use of marshmallow was carried out during medieval times to simplify legal matters. The accused, having had their hands pre-treated with a marshmallow ointment, was challenged to hold a red-hot iron bar for a specified period of time. Providing the defendant was able to do so without receiving a serious burn, innocence was proven.

Marshmallow was once thought to have influence where affairs of the heart were concerned. A bouquet of the leaves left on the grave of a loved one was believed to ensure a safe journey to the next world, while a bunch placed on a windowsill of the home would guarantee the return of a lover gone astray.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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