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History and background
Native to Europe, Western Asia and North Africa, althaea officinalis has a documented culinary history dating back to ancient Egyptian times. Its roots were originally used to make sweet treats – precursors to the marshmallows of today which, generally speaking, no longer contain any actual marshmallow! Marshmallow leaves are typically two to three inches long and just over an inch wide, and have a variety of ornamental and herbal uses.
How to use marshmallow leaves
Marshmallow may have been around for thousands of years, but its leaves and roots are still being used today – predominantly as herbal remedies. Marshmallow leaves have a variety of beneficial effects on both humans and animals. An antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties, the humble marshmallow leaf can be used to treat a variety of ailments, including respiratory conditions, urinary tract issues, digestive problems, coughs and even small wounds.Contact Us
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Frequently Asked Questions
Both parts of the plant have different uses; for example, the root is more commonly used for culinary purposes, while the leaves have proven themselves as part of effective herbal remedies.
Yes - all parts of the marshmallow plant are edible.
Marshmallow root is stronger and more concentrated than the leaf, which is milder and more gentle. Both are effective herbal remedies for a range of ailments, nevertheless.