More than 2,000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians began to eat marshmallows root. Because it is made from hollyhock, a sunflower plant that grows in wild mellow, its English name is also called marshmellow.
As early as the ninth century BC, the ancient Greeks discovered the medicinal value of hollyhock. In the early days of the era, civilizations used this plant as a medicine the curative effect is hard to say.
In the Middle Ages, Marshmallow is used as a medicine for almost all diseases; from toothache to cold; from diarrhea to burns. However, it was the ancient Egyptians who first made marshmallow into sugar. They mixed the juice of marshmallow with nuts and honey. Together, they were made into a sweet treat that only the nobles could enjoy at that time. This kind of food has no resemblance to today's marshmallows.
1. Relieve cough
Marshmallow root is very effective in suppressing the dry and irritating properties of cough, and is often added as a natural cough medicine.
It is believed that the mucus of the root wraps the throat and esophagus, reducing discomfort and irritation when passing by. There are even some preparations that combine marshmallow root with soothing herbs such as chamomile, which are very effective for night coughs and may even help to give children some resistance to frequent respiratory infections.
2. Helps promote the healing of stomach ulcers
Stomach ulcers are very common and can cause huge pain if left untreated. The antacid products that most people rely on only neutralize some acid, but they never really heal the ulcer.
The extract made from the root or flower of the marshmallow actually helps to promote the healing of these ulcers because the mucus coats the stomach wall and buffers the effects of acid erosion. If you rely on prescription drugs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers to treat other comorbidities, your doctor may decide whether a product containing the medicated hollyhock is suitable for you, which is worth discussing.
3. Promote wound healing
Topical products made from hollyhock can also help accelerate wound healing by protecting the damaged area from bacterial infections. In addition to forming a safe coating on the injured area, the hollyhock also has antibacterial properties, which allows the skin to heal quickly without further complications.
4. Natural diuretics
Marshmallow or Althaea officinalis Linn has been used for many years to help diuresis or urination. It is believed that kidney stones are more likely to occur in people who keep the bladder intact for a long time. On the other hand, there are some people’s health conditions that make it difficult to get rid of excess fluid on a regular basis.
In this case, the use of hollyhock may contribute to its diuretic properties. By frequently flushing the fluid in the kidneys, the possibility of precipitation is reduced. Removing excess fluid from the body can also help control blood pressure, because blood volume is intricately linked to blood pressure.