References to the medical use of marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis) can be found in ancient Greek and Egyptian writings. With mucilaginous characteristics, the marshmallow plant’s root can be used to calm irritated tissues.
Marshmallow root contains active components like polysaccharides, flavonoids, and phenolic acids, according to studies. Traditional uses of the plant for treating diseases including sore throat, cough, and stomach difficulties may be explained by the presence of these chemicals, which are thought to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immunomodulatory actions.
Although traditionally used for medicinal purposes, marshmallow root has also found application in cosmetics and skin care products for its emollient and calming benefits on the skin. Extracts from the root are frequently used in natural skin care products due to claims that they assist the skin to retain moisture and strengthen its protective barrier.
- Skin health
- Respiratory health