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Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)

Definition:
Hippocrates advocated the use of this herb for wound healing. It has the capability of healing inflamed or injured tissue and has demulcent properties which soothe irritated mucous membranes. It is calcium-rich and has been used to increase lactation and heal the respiratory and urinary tracts.

Applications:
Gastrointestinal upset, lung congestion, abrasions, dry coughs, sore throats, colitis, urinary tract infections and nervous exhaustion or breakdown.

Scientific Updates:
Recent laboratory findings disclose that marshmallow contains 286,000 units of vitamin A per pound which helps to boost its healing powers.The ability of marshmallow to soothe and heal irritated respiratory passages is well-documented. It does the same for the gastrointestinal system.

Complementary Agents:
Black cohosh, burdock, slippery elm, hops, valerian root, skullcap, mullein, wood betony, chamomile, melatonin, vitamin E, schizandra, calcium/ magnesium, inositol, vitamin C, vitamin A, and niacin.

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