Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis) is a medicinal herb that contains mucilage, which is a sticky substance that has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Marshmallow root is commonly used to treat digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), heartburn, and constipation. It can help soothe the lining of the digestive tract and reduce inflammation, providing relief from discomfort.
In addition to digestive benefits, marshmallow root may also have benefits for the respiratory system. It has been traditionally used to treat coughs and sore throats, as the mucilage in the root can help soothe the throat and reduce irritation.
Marshmallow root may also have skin benefits, as it can help soothe and moisturize dry or irritated skin. It has been used topically to treat conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Research on the health benefits of marshmallow root is limited, but it has been found to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It may also have antibacterial and antifungal properties, and could potentially help boost the immune system.