Sunday, July 3, 2011

So What's The Rave About: MARSHMALLOW ROOT

Hola Chicas/Chicos..I pray all is well with everyone.
So, let's talk about overall health and the O'So healthy herb, Marshmallow Root. If you are familiar with natural herbs, then you may have heard of Marshmallow Root..No, it is not the same substance made from geletan and sugar that you roast over a fire on a stick; although the sugary marshmallows eaten as the sticky sweet were once made from the Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow Root) plant. This herb has so many wonderful benefits, not only for hair, but for skin and our insides as well. So, let's just take a look and see What's The Rave About Marshmallow Root.

  • Diuretic: Aids the body in expelling excess fluid and mucus.
  • Respiratory Infections: Excellent herbal remedy when used as a tea to aid in eliminating respiratory infections, such as: bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, tonsillitis, dry cough and emphysema. You can also use a Marshmallow tea mixture to reduce hoarseness of the throat and other throat infections.Marshmallow root contains mucilate, a substance that becomes slippery when wet. This trait gives the marshmallow plant the ability to treat irritation in the mouth, throat and stomach. Prep: Boil 25 Grams of Marshmallow root to 1 liter of water steep for 15-20 minutes. Drink 2-3 cups daily, can mix with orange flower water or orange juice and honey for flavor.
  • Stomach Issues: Used to cure Acid Reflux, Peptic Ulcer and Gastritis, Constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Colitis.
  • Urinary Tract Infections: Marshmallow root has been used for centuries in aiding in curing Urinary Tract Infections, Kidney Problems and Kidney Stones.
  • Weight Loss: Because marshmallow root swells when mixed with fluids, ingesting it as a diet supplement causes the stomach to feel fuller.
  • Teething: A marshmallow root can be peeled and given to infants to chew on. This reduces the pain and irritation associated with teething.

  • Marshmallow Root can be made into a poultice and used to treat skin infections such as; eczema, psoriasis and pinkeye. Because marshmallow root has anti-inflammatory activity on the human tissue it has been proven helpful in treating cuts, scrapes, and other wounds. Prep: Mix enough Marshmallow Root powder to warm water to make a thick paste and apply to skin as needed.

  • As a natural emollient (moisturizer), it works wonders when used as a deep treatment or deep conditioning Ayurvedic mask for hair and scalp.
  • Marshmallow is a medicated, conditioning, mucilaginous herb that
    provides an abundance of ’slip’ which helps to nourish and detangle naturally curly hair.

Marshmallow Root Herbal Spritz: 1/3 Aloe Vera Gel/Juice, 2 TBSP Hibiscus Petal Powder, 2 TBSP Marshmallow Root Powder, 1 1/4 Cups Distilled (Filtered) Water. Prep: Bring distilled water to a boil, then let cool slightly. Add Hibiscus Petal Powder and Marshmallow root to water, and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Strain mixture through cheesecloth, and add Aloe Vera Gel to liquid. Pour mixture in a spray bottle, and store in refrigerator for up to one week, use as often as needed. Marshmallow Root has a strong smell, so I like to add lavender or lemongrass to help with the smell.

Marshmallow Root Deep Conditioning Treatment: 1/4 cup Natty Moist Conditioner (or any natural conditioner you favor), 1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 2 TBSP Hibiscus Petal Powder, 2 TBSP Brahmi Powder, 2 TBSP Bhringraj and 1 TBSP Marshmallow Root Powder. Prep: In a medium size bowl, mix all ingredients together and use immediately. Gently section your hair, and use an applicator brush to generously apply the mixture starting at the scalp, and working your way down the hair shaft. Cover with a plastic cap and allow mixture to sit on head for about 45minutes-hour.

Marshmallow Root Clarifying Treatment: 1/2 Cup Bentonite Clay Powder, 2 TBSP Marshmallow Root Powder, 1/4 Cup Aloe Vera Gel/Juice, 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar. Prep: Mix ingredients into a cake batter consistency and apply to damp hair. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and do not allow to dry. Rinse with lukewarm to cool water.

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This info is not intended to replace any medical information. Before use, it is recommended that you seek professional medical advise

Happy Healthy Day!!


  1. Your blog is really informative! Keep up the good work!

  2. Question on the Marshmallow Root Clarifier.. If Bentonite Clay is a deep cleanser, and Marshmallow root powder is more of a conditioner, would mixing them together not minimize the cleansing action? Or is adding the MRP a way of a 2n1 treatment?

  3. I'm gonna try all of your Marshmallow Root recipes!! So excited! :)

    @Chan the Bentonite Clay detoxes the hair of toxins leaving it very soft & moisturized after you rinse it all out. The Marshmallow Root will give the Bentonite Clay & your hair extra slip while applying it & rinsing it out.

    So it IS pretty much like a nautral 2n1 treatment :)

  4. If you cold-brew your marshmallow root, you will receive many more benefits and it also tastes wonderful. Add some stevia if you like the sweet marshmallow effect. I like to put 2 tsp of marshmallow root and put it in 2 cups of cold or room-temperature water and let it cold-steep overnight. You could also add licorice root for variety.

  5. I am trying to figure out if it would be okay to take marshmallow root capsules on a daily basis. I cant seem to find a concrete answer. And also is the capsules as good as the tea or powder?

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  7. I also just wanted to point out that it is a GREAT curl definer. I used this to detangle my hair once, but soon discovered that it defined my curls beautifully! =)

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