15 January 2014

Marshmallow Root: Herbal Remedy for Treatment of Sore Throat and Cough



I haven't used medicines for sore throat for years. I make sure to take my Omega-3 in the wintertime, and to eat fresh vegetables and fruits as often as possible, I also drink immune boosting drinks to prevent colds and flu.

But whatever I do sometimes sore throat happens and to stop the development of a cough I use Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis).

Actually, it has been used to treat sore throat and cough since antiquity.

Marshmallow Root for Treatment of Sore Throat and Cough
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Marshmallow can soothe an inflamed sore throat. It also has immune stimulating properties and it is even used to moisten the lungs in cases of dry hot conditions, such as hot coughs with little to no expectoration. According to Learning Herbs, recent scientific research has shown it to be a powerful anti-tussive herb as well.  

The best way to enjoy the medicinal qualities of Marshmallow root is by preparing tea. But wait, this tea will be a bit more special.

When we think of tea, we envision a warm, aromatic cup. Not with Marshmallow root. It is best prepared with cold water.

The root of Marshmallow is rich in mucilaginous polysaccharides and starches which can be best extracted with a cold infusion.

Here is how to prepare Marshmallow root tea to treat sore throat.

1. Boil 2 pt (1 l) water. Let cool until lukewarm.

2. Place 1,5 tablespoon dry marshmallow root in a glass bowl. Add the lukewarm water.

3. Let stay for 2 hours. Strain. The resulting liquid should be thick and viscous.

4. Divide in three equal parts and drink three times during the day. You may add a teaspoon of honey if you prefer a sweeter taste.

You will feel relief before the day is gone.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that this information is only meant as a guideline and in no way replaces the advice or treatment provided by your medical practitioner. It is always good to seek the advice of your physician, homeopath, naturopath, or herbalist for professional advice in any matter related to your health. This article is for information purposes only.