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Marshmallow Root Relieves Lots of Aches & Pain (online only)
May 2012
By Suzy Cohen, RPh

Dear Pharmacist

Last month, you wrote about herbal teas, specifically marshmallow root. You shocked me when you said this herb is ďsoothing to the mouth, esophagus and digestive tract; great for people with heartburn.Ē  Suzy, Iíve been hurting for years and no one has ever mentioned marshmallow root. Please tell me how to make this tea. --J.G., Gainesville, Florida

Answer: I created a youtube video to teach people how to make it. There are millions who could benefit from this inexpensive, amazing concoction made of water and a plant root called marshmallow. Iím not referring to the fluffy white confectionary sort, I mean the ancient herb  known by herbalists as Althea officinalis. Itís sold at herbal apothecaries, online herb shops, and some health food stores.

If you have a dry, hacking cough, sore throat, mouth or tongue sores, bronchitis, reflux (GERD), heartburn, peptic ulcers, hiatal hernia, Crohnís, Celiac, irritable bowel, indigestion, diarrhea, H. pylori infection, then my remedy can help you. The magic happens because marshmallow root contains a lot of mucilage, a gooey gelatinous substance that some plants naturally produce. It acts as a demulcent, so a soothing film coats the irritated mucus membranes, thus reducing pain and inflammation quickly. This is the primary mechanism of action, although marshmallow root also adds moisture, reduces inflammation and acts as a mild diuretic. That reminds me, if you deal with cystitis, kidney, bladder or urinary tract infections, marshmallow will soon become your best friend. My video shows you how to make a cold marshmallow root infusion. Iíll summarize it here, but if it isnít clear, please watch my video or sign up for my free newsletter at www.DearPharmacist.com and Iíll email the video link and copies of my article.

Add four tablespoons dried marshmallow root to four cups water and put in a jar. Thereís no need to heat this Ďtea.í Refrigerate for four hours, then you can drink some liquid. Filter out your dose each time you want some so you are not eating herb (that gets tossed). Your dose is about a two or three tablespoons. If there is gooiness in the filter as you strain, then squish it down with a spoon, to get all the mucilaginous material through the strainer, that\'s where the Ďmedicineí is. 

The tea keeps for three days in the fridge. If you have belly problems, try drinking smaller doses four times a day.  Consider adding other gut soothing herbs like dried ginger root or fresh peppermint leaves. Separate administration a few hours away from your medication or it will lessen the drugís effect.

Marshmallow root tea tastes great and youíll be tempted to chug it like iced tea. Iíve had to pry a big glass of it away from Sam, because he loves how I make it with cinnamon and vanilla bean. The Colorado climate dries our skin, so thatís why we drink it.  Anyone can make it, and youíll be glad you did.


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