Marshmallow is a perennial flowering plant originally native to Europe, where it is typically found along stream banks, salt marshes and other damp places. Also known as Mortification Koot and Schloss Tea, marshmallow leaf has a long history of use as a culinary herb and the root of the plant is the original source of the confection of the same name. Because the entire plant and especially the root contains a high degree of mucilage, the herb is often used to make syrup and throat lozenges. Marshmallow is also commonly used in teas and to produce lotions, creams and ointments.
Marshmallow Leaf c/s, 1/4lb
Marshmallow is a flowering member of the genus Althaea, the name for which is taken from the Greek word that means "to heal." The leaf of this Eurasian plant has a long history of documented use by the ancient Romans, Greeks and Chinese. The entire plant is mentioned in the literature as a "famine food" and the leaf is specifically described in Homer's Iliad, which dates to around 710 BC.
Today, dried marshmallow leaf is used to prepare teas, tinctures, extracts and oil infusions. Because the leaf swells when placed in liquid, it's possible to prepare formulas using a cold, non-alcoholic liquid as macerate.