Latin Name: althea offinalis, althaea offinalis
Alternative Name: marshmallow, sweetweed, iviscus, mallow
Forms Available: leaves, root, tea, flower

Althea – althea officinalis – More commonly known as Marshmallow. A perennial plant that grows in damp places. The root is used as a vegetable, the flowers make a tea and the leaves are used as a herb. Althea relieves inflammations of mucous membranes throughout the body internally. It can also be added to a salve for sores and skin erruptions. The root relieves peptic ulcers, gastritis and excess stomach acid. Althea is diuretic, emollient, somewhat laxative, demulcent, and antitussive.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Soothes mucous membranes, relieves gastritis and peptic ulcers. Reduces external skin inflammations.

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