Marshmallow: Herbal Remedies

Marshmallow Preparations and Warnings

Like all herbs, there are some precautions you should take before using marshmallow medicinally.

Marshmallow Preparations and Dosage

Chop the roots into small pieces and dry them to make teas or tinctures. If you grow your own mallow or related mallow species, dig the roots in the fall from plants that are two years old or more, or gather leaves or flowers in July or August, when the plant is in the early stages of blooming. Use the fresh leaves and flowers in salads too. To make mallow tea, soak 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of dried root or fresh, crushed leaves or flowers per cup of cold water.

For bladder infections, sip 3 to 4 cups of mallow tea throughout the day. Antimicrobial herbs such as uva ursi, thyme, marigold, and Oregon grape are usually added to treat bacterial infections. Although you can use a tincture, teas reach the bladder and urethra faster. You will get the best results if you drink the tea as soon as symptoms develop. If you are prone to recurrent bladder infections that often require antibiotics, drink 3 to 6 cups of tea over the course of 24 hours. Then decrease the dosage by 1 cup per day, until you are drinking just 1 cup per day. Continue taking 1 cup per day for six weeks, and then stop if all symptoms have disappeared.

Side Effects of Marshmallow

None reported: Mallows are safe, soothing, and nourishing.

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Jennifer Brett, N.D. is director of the Acupuncture Institute for the University of Bridgeport, where she also serves on the faculty for the College of Naturopathic Medicine. A recognized leader in her field with an extensive background in treating a wide variety of disorders utilizing nutritional and botanical remedies, Dr. Brett has appeared on WABC TV (NYC) and on Good Morning America to discuss utilizing herbs for health.This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Neither the Editors of Consumer Guide (R), Publications International, Ltd., the author nor publisher take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained in this information. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader must seek the advice of their physician or other health care provider.Before engaging in any complementary medical technique, including the use of natural or herbal remedies, you should be aware that many of these techniques have not been evaluated in scientific studies.   Use of these remedies in connection with over the counter or prescription medications can cause severe adverse reactions. Often, only limited information is available about their safety and effectiveness. Each state and each discipline has its own rules about whether practitioners are required to be professionally licensed. If you plan to visit a practitioner, it is recommended that you choose one who is licensed by a recognized national organization and who abides by the organization's standards. It is always best to speak with your primary health care provider before starting any new therapeutic technique.