Althaea officinalis

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Marshmallow is an herbaceous perennial.  Zones 5-8.  Pale pink flowers from mid to late summer.  Sun, partial shade, or shade.  Prefers rich, loamy soil.

Althaea contains a high percentage of mucilage which is soothing to inflamed tissues.  This is one reason the plant has a history of use for sore throats and inflammations.  Traditional uses of marsh mallow also include support for urinary tract infections and topically as an emollient for rashes and burns.

This information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any disease or medical condition.  Information on herbs and supplements has not been evaluated by the FDA.

Photo by C. Gondolfi (2012).

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