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Marshmallow Leaves Cut

marshmallow leaves

Althaea officinalis

Origin: Poland
From£22.68 per kg

A popular ‘polycrest herb’ due to its plethora of benefits and uses, marshmallow leaves have long been used as food. Besides being a tasty addition to salads, the marshmallow herb once contributed to the distinctive taste of marshmallow confectionery, although this is not typically the case nowadays. They have a range of medicinal uses too for both humans and animals, which you can learn more about below.


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General use

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.

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Marshmallow leaves produce a reaction in the mucous membranes of more distant organs such as the kidneys, lungs and bronchi. In the lungs, the effect is that of a soothing expectorant that will help reduce inflammation and pain in the respiratory tract. The leaf is often used in herbal mixes for horses that present with irritable nonproductive coughs, or those whose airways are affected by dust, hay spores or poor air quality, often resulting in the build-up of mucus in the lungs. In the urinary system, the plant’s soothing properties will reduce pain and inflammation while supporting the healing of damaged mucous membranes. This makes the leaf ideal for use in cases of kidney, bladder and urinary tract conditions such as gravel, bladder stones or infections like cystitis, where the beneficial effects are helped by the plant’s diuretic action.

Marshmallow flowers and leaves can be made into a tea, syrup, or used as a fomentation. All parts of the plant can be infused into oil for use as a salve or ointment. Because it’s an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties, marshmallow leaf can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including: bronchitis, catarrh, colds and flu, gastritis, gastroenteritis, IBS, laryngitis, poultice and more. It’s commonly used to treat sore throats and irritations, effectively reducing swelling and aiding in the recovery process. When infused into water and swallowed, it protects the throat against further irritation, allowing it to recover more quickly.

Marshmallow leaves have an appealing aroma, and can be added to incense blends for a distinctive scent.

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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.