Long before they were delicious campfire treats, marshmallows were made by boiling marshmallow root along with honey to soothe sore throats and ease digestive discomforts. That’s because marshmallow root – whose Greek name althea literally means “to heal” – contains a polysaccharide which “provides a protective, soothing coating to mucosa.
What is Marshmallow Root?
Not the fluffy sugary treat you may be thinking of, Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis) is a perennial herb that’s native to Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa. It’s been used as a natural remedy for thousands of years to treat digestive, respiratory, and skin conditions.
Its healing powers are due in part to the mucilage it contains. It’s typically consumed in capsule, tincture, or tea form. It’s also used in skin products and cough syrups.
Keep reading to find out more about the benefits of this super herb during pregnancy.
Thanks to the pregnancy hormone progesterone, slowing down the digestive system, heartburn is a very common side effect experienced by women especially in the second and third trimesters.
One of the best herbs to use for treating heartburn is Marshmallow Root as it can help to soothe the irritated stomach lining. Try drinking it after meals to help with reflux an dheartburn.
Sore Throat And Stomach Ache
Because of it’s ability to coat irritated mucous membranes, marshmallow root is often used to soothe sore throats and upset stomachs. It can be consumed as a hot tea or cold infusion. Ideal for pregnancy when over the counter medications such as cough syrup are no longer suitable.
Improve Gut Health
Along with bone broth, gelatin and fermented foods, mucilaginous herbs such as marshmallow root are sometimes consumed as a tea or cold infusion to help improve gut lining integrity. Helping to reduce the common side effects of an upset stomach like bloating and wind.
Marshmallow root is an emollient, or herb that heals and softens dry, inflamed skin. During pregnancy the stretching of the skin and hormones causing it to dry out can be both damaging and painful. Approaching your skin care routine from the inside out as well as external applications such as oil and creams it a wonderful way to optimise your skin health naturally.
This wondrous little herb is such a great addition to pregnancy health care. Thats why we’ve included it in our digestive support blend – PURITEA.
Along with other marvelous herbs such as mint, ginger root and nettle (which all have their own amazing benefits to compliment our friends Marshmallow Root) PURITEA is the perfect addition to your day to keep those inconvenient side effects at bay.
PuriTea is brilliant served hot or chilled and comes in biodegradable pyramid tea bags.
100% organic and caffeine free.