THE ROOT OF IT…
MYTHS AND LEGENDS
Marshmallow has been used since 200BC under its Greek name, Althea which means ‘to heal’. It comes from the Greek word malake or ‘soft’ referring to the soft character of the plant. Hippocrates described the value of marshmallow in the treatment of wound.
In medieval times when a person stood accused of a crime, in order to prove their innocence the accused had to hold a red-hot iron bar. They were considered innocent if the person suffered no serious burns. Accounts from the Middle Ages state that anointing the palms with an ointment made from marshmallow would allow the accused, innocent or guilty, to remain unburned.
- Used for easing colds and bronchitis
- Soothe an upset stomach
- Alleviate heartburn symptoms
- Assist with peptic ulcer disease
- Kill germs in the urine of people withbladder infections