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
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
By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, RA (ARC), NAHA and AIA Professional Member, LMT
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