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I was excited when I first learned about marshmallow root. Immediately after discovering this herb, I made another batch of my diaper rash ointment and added marshmallow root to it.

I was very pleased with the results and found that the addition of just one little herb made my healing balm much more effective.

The end product was more slippery and did a much better job at moisturizing the skin. It is now a mainstay in my healing ointments.


The mucilage, or gummy secretion, in the leaves and particularly the root, is helpful for soothing minor wounds. Marshmallow root soothes, lubricates, softens and heals. It is essential in my healing balm and tattoo ointment.

Marshmallow root also has pain-easing properties. These properties are present when it is taken internally or applied externally.

Taken internally, marshmallow root soothes sore throats and alleviates chest congestion. The mucilage coats sore throats and applies its pain-easing properties.

And yes, you can use marshmallow root to make marshmallows. Marshmallows were originally intended to help soothe sore throats with the mucilaginous properties. Try making these homemade marshmallows.

You can find the real food ingredients I recommend here.

How to use it

Brew a cup of marshmallow root tea for a sore throat, using 1 tbsp marshmallow root per 1 cup of water (you might want to add some honey). Make a decoction, strain and add to a bath. Use as a primary ingredient in a healing ointment. Create a marshmallow root infusion and add it to a foot bath to soak tired feet.

You can also use it to make this sore throat soothing tea, as well as this lavender mint healing lip balm.


None known. If you are uncertain about using any herb, please check with a holistic practitioner who is knowledgable about herbs first. I am not a doctor, nor am I an herbalist.

How do you use marshmallow root?