One of the benefits of drinking marshmallow root tea is it helps reduce inflammation such as sore throat , inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and interstitial cystitis or inflammation of the bladder wall. The healing effect of marshmallow root comes from the presence of mucilage. Mucilage is a thick, sticky gum-like substance that forms a layer over inflamed tissues and soothes it. A poultice or compress made from marshmallow root is used as a remedy to treat skin inflammation.
Almost all the parts of the marshmallow plant, althaea officinalis or sweet weed contain mucilage. This is why you can also make use of marshmallow leaves to make tea or a decoction. But its concentration is higher in the roots. Marshmallow root also contains constituents such as asparagines, flavonoids, tannins and volatile oil.
Marshmallow herb has been used for centuries as food and also medicine especially by the Chinese, Egyptians, Romans and Syrians. Even back in those days, marshmallow leaves, flowers and roots were already used as treatment for asthma, bronchitis, cough, indigestion, stomach ulcers and skin and throat inflammations.
A study indicates that drinking marshmallow tea whether it is made from the leaves or root may lower blood sugar levels.
To make marshmallow tea, soak 2 - 5 teaspoons of the dried marshmallow root in hot water for an hour. If you want to make marshmallow leaf tea, used the same measurement and soak the dried leaves in hot water. But you don't have to wait for an hour to drink it. You can also combine both the dried marshmallow root and leaves. You can use other options such as steeping readymade tea bags or adding a teaspoon of marshmallow liquid extract or tincture in water.
Marshmallow extract is also available in capsule if you want to take it as a supplement.