Marshmallow Leaves Make Great Herbal Tea – Here’s Why
If you’re looking to expand your herbal tea product range, marshmallow leaves could be just the thing. With a long history of traditional use (think Ancient Egyptians and Ancient Greeks), let’s take a look at some of the benefits of this lesser known loose leaf tea and why you should include it in your menu.
Today, we associate marshmallows with sugary, gooey pink and white confectionery – perfect companions for campfire s’mores and hot chocolate. However, in the olden days, marshmallows were herbal and of a natural origin. Traditional uses of marshmallow leaf include the production of what’s believed to be the world’s first ever cough sweets.
Native to Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa, marshmallow leaf was traditionally used to treat digestive, respiratory and skin conditions.
What are the benefits of consuming marshmallow leaves?
Soothing for coughs and colds
Marshmallow leaf is ideal for soothing dry, tickly coughs. This is due to its high mucilaginous content. Mucilaginous ingredients are known to relieve irritation from mucus by forming a protective film in the throat. This makes the marshmallow leaf tea an ideal herbal remedy for the winter months.
Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory
With its soothing, antibacterial and potential anti-inflammatory qualities, researchers have also been looking at other potential health benefits of consuming marshmallow leaves. For the digestive system, it’s believed that marshmallow leaves could soothe symptoms of constipation, heartburn, and intestinal colic, as well as relieve irritation or inflammation. It’s also believed it has the potential to work as a diuretic to flush out excess fluid and maintain healthy kidneys and bladder.
With a pleasant, earthy taste, it’s certainly one to encourage your customers to try. It’s ideal for those who are looking to taste a new brew. As for consumption, 1-2 teaspoons per cup of warm water, 2-3 times a day is recommended.
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