Uses: The name 'Althea' comes from the Greek word 'to heal.'
mixes Marshmallow with honey and uses it as a poultice for burns,
wounds, and other skin irritations.
The root was infused
with water for a soothing gargle and the peeled root, boiled and
mixed with honey and fruit juice, is still used as a pleasant cough
Infusions of the root
in milk and honey have been used to treat croup.
Marshmallow Tea is used
to treat bronchitis, coughs, sore throats, asthma and insomnia.
A calming drink, it aids
with digestion and other gastrointestinal disorders.
A soothing eyewash, it
is also used to treat ulcers and colitis. The fresh
leaves were infused and then the leaves could be applied as an eye
poultice or compress.
A poultice of the root
can be used to draw the infection from a festering wound.
A treatment for diabetes
(Diabetes Tea) was made with White Pine Bark, Marshmallow, Poplar
Bark and Uva Ursi leaves.
The tea has been used
as a hair rinse for itchy, flaky scalps. A traditional remedy for
psoriasis is Psoriasis Soap.