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Herbal Friends: Marshmallow Root

Updated: Jun 2

Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis) has been traditionally used for its medicinal properties, including its soothing effects on the digestive and respiratory systems. Midwives have long recommended Marshmallow Root to help increase the fatty content in breast milk for babies struggling to gain adequately. It is a safe herb for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Did you know Marshmallow root...

  • Soothes Digestive Discomfort?

    • Marshmallow root has demulcent properties, meaning it can create a soothing film over mucous membranes. This can help alleviate symptoms such as heartburn or acid reflux, and indigestion.

    • Midwife Recommendations: Consuming marshmallow root tea may give immediate relief for heartburn and nausea! Supplements may help ease overall gastrointestinal discomfort.

  • Supports Respiratory Health?

    • Marshmallow root can help soothe a sore throat and reduce irritation in the respiratory tract, which can be beneficial for pregnant or breastfeeding persons experiencing colds or coughs.

    • Midwife Recommendations: Try drinking marshmallow root tea or using lozenges made from the root for soothing relief.

  • Optimizes Skin Health and Hydration?

    • Marshmallow root has anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties that can benefit skin health. It may help with conditions like eczema or dry skin, which can sometimes flare up during pregnancy due to hormonal changes.

    • Midwife Recommendations: Topical applications of marshmallow root-infused creams or lotions can soothe irritated skin.

  • Speaking of Anti-inflammatory Properties...

    • The anti-inflammatory properties of marshmallow root can help reduce swelling and irritation, which can be helpful for a variety of minor ailments.

    • Midwife Recommendations: Internal consumption or topical application depending on the condition.

  • Holistic Properties...

    • Because Marshmallow has a coating effect, it is considered

      • protective

      • soothing

      • grounding

    • Spiritually Marshmallow Root is said to

      • Cleanse and Purify - such as healing connections between self and ancestors

      • Enhance Intuition (my Christian friends read as: amplification of the holy spirit) - Marshmallow is said to soften the heart and leans toward compassion and forgiveness, especially of self.

      • Heal the subtle energies of the body - physically healing herbals are often also spiritual and energetically healing - Marshmallows soothing properties make it a perfect combatant for irritation, agitation, anxiety, short fuses and flat out anger.

Midwife recommendations: Marshmallow root can be intentionally burned with forgiveness (or rage) letters. Marshmallow root can be diffused in a potpourri of subtle soothing herbs on the stove top.

Precautions and Considerations

  • Quality and Source:

Ensure you are using high-quality, reputable sources for your marshmallow root supplements to avoid contaminants that could be harmful during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

  • Dosage:

- Follow recommended dosages carefully. Over consumption of any supplement can pose risks, and specific dosages for pregnancy and lactation are not well established.

  • Allergic Reactions:

- Be aware of potential allergic reactions. If you notice any adverse effects, discontinue use immediately and consult your healthcare provider. Do not start consumption of marshmallow root with other supplements so that you can better identify the culprit of any allergic reaction or irritation.

  • Interactions with Medications:

- Marshmallow root can interact with other medications because its coating of the stomach lining which could slow absorption. Discuss any medications you are taking with your healthcare provider and your specific circumstances before starting Marshmallow root.

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