Herb of the Day
MARSHMALLOW (Althaea officinalis)
No directions to grow.
The root is used primarily for digestive problems, inflammations of the digestive tract and on the skin. The leaves are used for the lungs and urinary system. The leaf can also be used for bronchitis, respiratory catarrh, and irritating coughs. Externally, the root is indicated in varicose veins, ulcers, abscesses and boils.
Roots and leaves. Collect the leaves in summer after flowering and dig up the root in late fall. Clean the root of root fibers and cork and dry immediately.
Put 1 tsp. of chopped root into 1 cup of water and boil gently for 10-15 minutes. Drink three times a day.
Pour 1 cup of boiling water onto 1-2 tsp. of the dried leaves and leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Drink three times a day.
Take 1-4 ml of the tincture three times a day.
This herb can be used as a compress also.
According to the Feng Shui floral calendar, the plant most associated with the month of September is the perennial aromatic plant mallow, also called the marsh mallow. This herb blossoms between May and August but reaches maturity in September. Mallow is often called a ‘cure-all’ herb due to the fact that its roots and mucilage were believed to heal digestive disorders, urinary tract inflammations and infections, as well as relieving upper respiratory problems caused by the common cold. Native Americans highly recommended this herb as a poultice to alleviate pain and soreness from insect stings. The soothing effects of the marshmallow plant are generally understood in holistic circles to relieve irritated or inflamed skin. It is also used in infusions and tinctures aimed at helping to heal gastritis, ulcers and throat ailments such as laryngitis. It’s clear that there’s more to the marsh mallow than being just a confectionary delight!
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com