Marshmallow Root Tea: Benefits & How to Make

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Marshmallow root tea is a mild herbal tea brewed with the root of the marshmallow plant, scientifically known as Althaea officinalis [1]Known for its medicinal applications since antiquity, this herbal tea has remained popular in the regions where it grows, including Europe, North America, and North Africa, as well as other parts of the globe. With many healthy properties, powerful antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds, you should definitely keep this tea around the house.

Drinking marshmallow root tea is a wonderful way to soothe inflammation, but understanding its benefits and potential side effects is also important.

Marshmallow Root Tea Benefits

This tea has a wide range of benefits, including

  • Treating dry cough
  • Preventing UTI
  • Lowering inflammation
  • Reducing joint pain
  • Preventing kidney stones
A close-up shot of a cup of marshmallow tea

Marshmallow root is touted as an herbal remedy for many digestive, respiratory, and skin conditions. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

This tea is primarily known for soothing inflammation and cooling the body, as well as easing joint pain. It does have some laxative properties, due to the mucilage present in the dried root. Some studies have also linked this tea to a reduction in kidney stones. If you feel like you may be getting sick or have a dry cough, you can drink a cup of this tea, due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties. [2] [3]

How to Make Marshmallow Root Tea?

Making marshmallow tea is simple, provided you have dried marshmallow root on hand. Here’s an easy recipe to make marshmallow root tea at home.

A close-up shot of a cup of marshmallow tea

How to Make Marshmallow Root Tea: Easy Recipe

For centuries together, marshmallow root has been used to treat various kind of infections. improve digestion, reduce congestion and swellings of any kind. It's needless to say then that marshmallow tea has far-reaching health benefits as well. It's relatively easy to make this tea at home. Follow these simple steps given below.
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Others
Keyword: marshmallow root tea
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
7: 30 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Ishani Bose



  • In a mason jar, combine the marshmallow root and water. Cover it with a lid. 
  •  Allow the mixture to sit overnight.
  • Strain out the roots, leaving behind a syrupy, light-yellow liquid. Enjoy the drink!
    A close-up shot of a cup of marshmallow tea

Marshmallow Root Tea Side Effects

When used topically, marshmallow root tea can cause the following:

  • Skin Inflammation: It can cause skin irritation, especially in those who are allergic.
  • Stomach Upset: Some people report gastrointestinal problems, such as nausea, cramping, bloating or diarrhea.
  • Drug Interaction: There is a chance that use of this tea can interfere with medication for diabetes, so speak to your doctor before adding this tea to your health regimen. Protection Status
About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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