Bulk Marshmallow Root Powder

Althaea officinalis
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[ 1542 ]Althaea officinalis

Marshmallow Root Powder

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Marshmallow is a member of the mallow family, which includes cotton and okra. The long, thin roots have been used for food during times of scarcity for centuries. Marshmallow root is not only nutritious but also contains a high concentration of mucilage.

Although the powdered root is sometimes encapsulated, it is most often used to make a mouthwash for sore gums or infused oils and salves for minor skin irritations. Marshmallow root powder is also used to make natural shampoos and conditioners for dry or damaged hair.

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approximate cups to one pound6
plant part usedroot

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaFine, light powder with a pleasant scent.


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cosmeticUse marshmallow root powder to make homemade soaps, shampoos and conditioners, ointments and skin creams. May also be used to make a natural mouthwash.
culinaryUse as a flavor and thickening agent in foods and beverages.

flavor profile

marshmallow root

Pleasant with a hint of sweetness.

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what else you should know

marshmallow root

The genus name of the plant comes from the Greek word althainein, which means, "to heal." Due to the high mucilage content found throughout the entire plant, marshmallow is traditionally used to make syrups and lozenges to soothe mucous membranes and counter sore throat, stomach ulcers and cough associated with bronchitis.

The roots are particularly high in starch and mucilage content, which soothes mucous membranes. Although the ancient Greeks could not have known this, they commonly used the herb as a demulcent to treat peptic ulcers and other inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract.

Pliny the Elder, convinced that marshmallow was a bit of a panacea, once wrote, "Whosoever shall take a spoonful of the Mallows shall that day be free from all diseases that may come to him." The Greek physicians Hippocrates and Dioscorides recommended marshmallow poultices to take the sting out of insect bites and skin abrasions, the latter prescribing an infusion of vinegar and marshmallow seeds for toothache.

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