Marshmallow tea has been acknowledged by ancient civilizations for its diuretic, emollient and expectorant properties. Marshmallow plant (althaea officinalis) is an aromatic herb that grows in damp and wet areas of Europe, Africa and western Asia. Its leaves are palmately lobed, having 3-7 lobes. The flowers of the marshmallow plant are colored white, red or purple.
The chemical constituents of marshmallow root are mucilage, asparagines, flanovoids, tannins, quercetins and sugars. The ones of the marshmallow leaves are mucilage, tannins, phenolic acid and volatile oils.
How To Make Marshmallow Tea
There are a couple of ways to prepare marshmallow tea. For example:
To make marshmallow leaf tea, put 1-2 teaspoons of dried marshmallow leaves or 2-3 tablespoons of fresh leaves in boiling water and let it steep for about 10-15 minutes. Then pout the tea into your cup using a strainer to catch the leaves.
To make marshmallow root tea, boil one teaspoon of dried, crumbled root for about 15 minutes. Then strain out the marshmallow root into a cup.
It is recommended to drink no more than 3 cups of marshmallow tea per day.
Marshmallow Tea Benefits
Marshmallow leaf tea may help in the treatment of urethritis, can aid flushing out kidney stones, may help relieve sore throat and ease mouth inflammations and soothe the bronchial tubes.
Marshmallow root tea has the following benefits:
- It is used for thousands of years as an herbal remedy for sore throat, cough and other respiratory problems due to its large amounts of mucilage.
- It is a strong allied in the weight loss process since it can give you the feeling of fullness.
- It is helpful in treating almost all problems related to inflammation of the digestive tract.
- It can be formed into a mouthwash for treating teeth or gum inflammation. Fresh peeled root is also good for children to chew on in order to have healthy teeth.
Marshmallow Tea Side Effects
Marshmallow tea is considered being completely safe having very low levels of toxicity. Still, there are some side effects that this tea can have:
- Drink this tea with caution if you suffer from diabetes or liver disease since marshmallow tea may include the use of sugar or alcohol.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not drink marshmallow tea.
- Keep in mind that if you are taking medications, marshmallow tea can interfere with their absorption. So drink the tea at least two hours after taking the drugs.
As you can see, marshmallow tea has more benefits than side effects. Enjoy it and remember not to drink more then 3 cups of marshmallow tea per day!