Marshmallow Root Tea: Benefits & How to Make

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

What is Marshmallow Root Tea?

Marshmallow root tea is a mild herbal tea brewed with the root of the marshmallow plant, scientifically known as Althaea officinalisKnown 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.

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

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.

How to Make Marshmallow Root Tea?

Making marshmallow tea is simple, provided you have dried marshmallow root on hand.

  • Step 1: Fill a mason jar 1/4 of the way with dried marshmallow root.
  • Step 2: Fill the jar with room temperature water and then seal it.
  • Step 3: Allow the mixture to sit overnight.
  • Step 4: Strain out the roots, leaving behind a syrupy, light-yellow liquid.

Marshmallow Root Tea Side Effects

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

  • Skin Inflammation: It can cause a 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.
About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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