Marshmallow Root Herb Profile

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Herb Profile- Marshmallow Root Uses and Benefits
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Marshmallow Root is an herb that has been around for centuries. In fact, it was mentioned in Homer’s Iliad (written 2800 years ago). It was used in ancient Greek and Indian cultures for its healing properties.

Benefits of Marshmallow Root

Mountain Rose Herbs details some of the many  uses:

Marshmallow root has long been used as a food, particularly during times of famine when it is more abundant than other vegetables. Medicinally, it has been approved by the German Commission E in supporting inflammation of the gastric mucosa, and for irritation of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa. When combined with other herbs, it is additionally used for mild respiratory symptoms, including cough. The root is traditionally used to support a healthy digestive system, but this application has not been clinically studied.

It is a demulcent herb, meaning that it is cooling, soothing and slippery. It is often used to sooth digestion, skin or hair. It is unique in that when making a tea with Marshmallow Root, you will want to brew it with cold water to preserve the mucilaginous properties. This explains:

Marshmallow works as a mucilage, producing a thick sticky substance that coats membranes. Marshmallow extract contains flavanoids, which contain anti-inflammatory properties. The flavanoids are able to reduce inflammation while the mucilage holds them in place and prevents further damage. The extracts also induce phagocytosis, which is the process in which certain cells engulf bacteria, dead cell tissues or other solid particles. This helps speed up the healing process. The mucilage remains unaltered until it reaches the colon, which is why marshmallow works well on most inflammatory digestive disorders.

Marshmallow root has not been specifically studies in pregnancy and nursing so consult a doctor or midwife before using this or any other product if you are pregnant, nursing or have a medical condition.

Uses of Marshmallow Root

Some ways that we use it:

  • As a soothing tea during colds, flu or sore throats.
  • For digestive problems like heartburn, stomach illness or occasional digestive troubles. I usually mix with peppermint leaf or ginger to make a soothing tea.
  • On skin– It makes a great addition to lotions, salves and tinctures for the skin. Also good for eczema and soothing sunburn.
  • In hair– I use the dried root in my homemade detangling hair spray (great for kids).
  • Urinary problems– I’ve used Marshmallow Root tea at the first sign of urinary or bladder infection to help speed healing.
  • Homemade Marshmallows– We use a tea made from the dried root in our homemade marshmallow recipe. It is option but adds extra flavor and a health boost.

Where to Get Marshmallow Root

Soothing Marshmallow Tea Recipe:

The easiest way to try Marshmallow root is in a cooling and soothing tea. This one is my favorite:

Herb Profile- Marshmallow Root Uses and Benefits

Marshmallow Root Tea Recipe

A simple and cooling Marshmallow Root tea to improve digestion
Author Katie Wells




  • Combine the herbs and water in a pint size mason jar and put on the lid.
  • Shake gently and put in refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.
  • Strain and drink cool.

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Ever used marshmallow root? What did you use it for? Share below!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


88 responses to “Marshmallow Root Herb Profile”

  1. Ann Avatar

    I started drinking a mug of marshmallow root tea daily for interstitial cystitis – I had no idea at the time that it would help repair my gut and help with my constipation issues and IBS symptoms too!! I feel like this has changed my life! I’ve been drinking a large mug everyday for 6 months now – one site suggest taking a week break after 4 weeks before resuming, do you know why this is? I haven’t taken any breaks and haven’t had any side affects other than just feeling awesome. Just wondering if I should? I’m almost afraid to stop because I don’t want to go back to feeling the way I did before I found this game changer!

  2. Susan Miller Avatar
    Susan Miller

    The marshmallow root you use is a powder??
    Just wanting to clarify and thank you!

  3. Vera Avatar

    Hi Katie, can I mix Marshmallow root powder with Slipperry elm powder and drink it that way?

  4. Glenda Avatar

    I keep reading that one should only take marshmallow root for 4 weeks at a time. How long would one wait inbetween times? If it eliminates me from taking heartburn medication and water pills that I need to take daily, then stopping after 4 weeks I wonder how soon I start up again? This is confusing.

  5. Abbey Avatar

    Any thoughts on marshmallow flowers being used instead of root?

  6. Queenie Avatar

    5 stars
    The doctors won’t diagnose my three-year-old son with asthma they say he just has seasonal allergies. He coughs when he runs. And he’s definitely not able to sleep on his back because he randomly chokes on mucus. My son will cough until he vomits mucus. He was given Claritin to take everyday and I’m thinking that’s not good for his liver so I find marshmallow root and I give it to him mixed in his juice it doesn’t really do anything to the flavor just the consistency changes. He’s able to sleep through the night and it doesn’t matter what position he’s in. We can rest peacefully and he doesn’t cough at all.

  7. Jody Avatar

    I am going to try the marshmallow root tea for the IC i have developed which has been a year of full on intense symptoms. Using TCM herbs for bladder pain and UTI symptoms. The SIBO has created this condition I believe and have been striving for health for 4.5 years now.
    Very few doctors know what to do with chronic illnesses. I live near a major city in Canada and still top docs will write you off as histrionic 🙁 I do have a good MD and ND now but, i have spent a fortune to get back to being able to work and lead a semi normal life. Sure would like to get rid of the SIBO and then feeling the IC will go there after.
    I wonder what can help with constipation – could be I switch to slippery elm in the future.
    SIBO creates B12, calcium and magnesium deficiencies but, then magnesium can assist biofilm formation? Sometimes we get into such a bind with conditions that create complexities that are hard to work around.. Take good care everyone!

  8. Linda Avatar

    It is also supposed to be a good support for the lungs and lymph nodes !
    That is what I am drinking it for. I have chronic sinus problems and with the allergy season bieng so intense this year I am needing something for my lungs.

    Linda 😀

  9. Linda Avatar

    Could you check on the bulk link above for the Marshmallow root. It does not go to the product by the pound.
    I would love to purchase through you !


  10. Nicolette Avatar

    Would you think this can be added to the elderberry syrup recipe you’ve published? I make the elderberry brew a lot for my kids, and curious if I can add this for extra taste and nutrition. What are your thoughts?

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