Botanical Name: Althaea officinalis
- English: Marshmallow, Mallow Leaves, Hollyhock
- Also, known as: Altea, altee, althea, Bardul khatmi, Benefischi, Bismalva-hibiscus, Blanca malva, Bon visclo, Bourdon de St Jacques, Eibisch, Eibischwurzel, Erva molle, Guimauve, Heilwurz, Hobbiza, Ibischwurz, Khairi, khatmi, Korzén prawóslazu, Marshmal, Malvaccioniu, Malvavisco, Marmolone molotta, Moorish mallow, Orvosiziliz gyökér, Racine d’althée, Racine de guimauve, Sammetpappel, Sauvage, Schleimwurzel, suzmool, Sweet weed, White mallow, Wymote, Gul-Khairu, K’uei, Malve, Malvavisce, Mallards, Mauls, Schloss Tea, Cheeses, Mortification Root/ Leaves, Shemai-tutti, Aslua Khitmi, Reshah-e-Khatmi
- Unani: Khatmi
Habitat: Western Asia & Europe
Parts Used: Root
Althaea officinalis, perennial herb with erect, woody stems, 60–120 cm high. Leaves alternate, ovate to slightly cordate, serrate, velvety, large, occasionally 3-lobed. Flowers pale pink, axillary, the calyx of each surrounded by a 6–9 cleft involucre. The stems, which die down in the autumn, are erect, 3 to 4 feet high, simple, or putting out only a few lateral branches. The leaves, shortly petiole, are roundish, ovate-cordate, 2 to 3 inches long, and about 11 inches broad, entire or three to five lobed, irregularly toothed at the margin, and thick. They are soft and velvety on both sides, due to a dense covering of stellate hairs. The flowers are shaped like those of the common Mallow, but are smaller and of a pale color, and are either axillary, or in panicles, more often the latter. The stamens are united into a tube, the anthers, kidney-shaped and one-celled. The flowers are in bloom during August and September, and are followed, as in other species of this order, by the flat, round fruit called popularly ‘cheeses.’
Roots are obtained from commercially cultivated plants that are at least 2 years old and harvested in the autumn. Marshmallow is listed by the Council of Europe as a natural source of food flavoring. This category indicates that marshmallow can be added to foodstuffs in small quantities, with a possible limitation of an active principle as yet unspecified in the final product. Previously in the USA, marshmallow has been approved for use in foods.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herb to any super food herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herb with honey or glycerin to make paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, gives you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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