Marshmallows aren’t just for making s’mores; the root, of Althaea officinalis also makes a soothing marshmallow tea. With cough and congestion, sometimes a warm cup of herbal tea can ease the symptoms. Marshmallow root has shown in a few studies to potentially help with mucus membrane irritations such as a raspy throat. Marshmallow root is a mucilage; that means when you mix it with water, it makes a gooey thick substance that can coat the throat and soothe irritated mucus membranes. Here is how to make a cup of marshmallow tea.
Marshmallow Tea Ingredients
- 1 Pint of filtered room temperature water
- 1 ounce of dried marshmallow root
- 1/4 cup of honey
- Hot water
Marshmallow Tea Instructions
Mix the dried root and 1 pint of water in a glass jar. Shake well. Allow to set for 4 to 8 hours. Then strain the plant parts from the mucousy liquid using a fine mesh strainer and pestle. Compost or discard the plant material. Add honey to the liquid. Store in refrigerator. Adults: mix one Tablespoon into a cup of hot water to make a tea. Adults can drink up to four times a day.
- Marshmallow may interact with diabetic medications, diuretics like lithium, and drugs taken orally because of its mucilage effect. Consult a Doctor or expert on possible interactions with medications and medical conditions.
- Discontinue use up to two weeks before surgery as it may affect blood glucose levels.
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Some Research on Marshmallow Tea for a Sore Throat
- Marshmallow root reduced the cough of those taking and having side effects from enzyme inhibitor drugs to treat hypertension. From: Effect of Althaea officinalis on cough associated with ACE inhibitors.
- In an open trial of 62 patients, a cough syrup made from ivy leaves, thyme herb, aniseed, and marshmallow root was effective. From: Open trial to assess aspects of safety and efficacy of a combined herbal cough syrup with ivy and thyme.
- Lozenges containing marshmallow root showed helped with irritated throat mucosa associated with a dry cough. From: Development and evaluation of novel lozenges containing marshmallow root extract. Pak J Pharm Sci, 26, 1103-1107.
- Throat coat, a tea including licorice, slippery elm, and marshmallow, reduced throat pain in patients. From: Safety and efficacy of a traditional herbal medicine (Throat Coat®) in symptomatic temporary relief of pain in patients with acute pharyngitis: A multicenter, prospective, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study.
Honey makes it sweeter!
By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, RA (ARC), NAHA and AIA Professional Member, LMT