MARSH MALLOW: “Confection with Healing Roots”

Colds, Cough, Cuts & Wounds, Flu, Respiratory, Sore Throat

Also Known As: Althea and Cheeses


This herb is more than the candy we so well know today. True, it was a food before it was a medicine, but this herb has been used widely for healing dating back 2,500 plus years. Hippocrates used it as a decoction to treat bruises and blood loss from wounds. Tenth century Arab physicians used it to treat inflammations and European folk healers used marsh mallow externally for its soothing actions and in treating sore throat, toothaches, digestion and urinary infections.


  • Decoction:

Gently boil water and add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of chopped or crushed root per cup of water. Boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink no more than 3 cups a day. Low strength decoctions can be given to children under 2 years of age.

  • External:

For external use, chop the roots very fine. Add enough water to make a gooey gel. Apply the gel directly on the wound or sunburn.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Marsh mallow grows in bogs, marshes, in damp meadows and along stream-banks. It grows best in moist soil under full sun. It grows from seeds, cuttings or split roots. Plant seeds in the spring and roots in the autumn time. Thin them to 2 feet of spacing. Do not try to harvest roots from plants that are less than 2 years old and harvest in the autumn.


No reports have been noted as to marsh mallow being an unsafe herb. If you should feel any discomforts, discontinue and consult with your doctor.