Malva - Marshmallow Leaves
marsh-mallow, marsh mallow, common marshmallow
What are Marshmallow Leaves?
Marshmallow is not just the white fluffy candy treat passed around bonfires or plopped into your hot chocolate, it is also an herb with myriad holistic qualities. Marshmallow is a perennial plant native to Africa with short round leaves and small pale flowers.
Benefits of Marshmallow Leaves
Marshmallow tea is most commonly used to treat dry coughs and sore throats and acts as an anti-mucilage and antibacterial remedy which soothes inflamed membranes in the mouth and throat. It is equally useful for indigestion, heartburn, ulcers, and even Crohn’s disease. The extract from marshmallow can be added to creams to treat various skin irritations such as rashes and burns.
How to consume Marshmallow Leaves
The roots and leaves of marshmallow are used medicinally for teas, tinctures, oils, and capsules.