111 Moods of Herbal Tea — Day 40, Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow root and flowers on wood surface
Photo Credits to Maximo Nis

Dear Gentle Reader,

We have found the rarest of treats at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse — a complete Persian teatime experience. It is the only authentic teahouse this side of the hemisphere where I would return, again and again. Within their chests of over 80 tea selections, we shall take our pick of marshmallow root tea for today.

Let us follow our gracious host to our table by the creek, I’ll tell you about the roots of marshmallow candy:

The fluffy candy and the spongy root may not taste similar, but that is how the candy got its name. “The first marshmallows were prepared by boiling pieces of root pulp with honey until thick. Once thickened, the mixture was strained, cooled, and then used as intended.” (1)

Photo Credits to Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

Marshmallow root became popular as a beauty ingredient because of its powerful antioxidant properties. Amongst the health benefits of marshmallow root, we can count:

  • Relieve breast pain from breast feeding
  • Heal burns
  • Stimulate bowel movement
  • Treat a cough
  • Heal respiratory infections
  • Stop diarrhea.
  • Eliminate venous leg ulcers
  • Treat skin infections from parasites
  • Cure stomach ulcers.
  • Heal wounds faster
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Treat insect bites
  • Stimulate tissue regeneration
  • Relieve muscle pain
  • Cleanse kidneys and bladder
  • Repair the gut lining
  • Protect the heart (2)

Some people say that pure marshmallow tea tastes either like diluted cinnamon tea or like seaweed. Let us see what we think, shall we? The taste is so light that we can easily complement it with other herbs. Like in this marshmallow root tea recipe:

2 teaspoons of dried marshmallow root

1 cinnamon stick

2 fresh mint leaves

1 cup of water

  1. Place the marshmallow root, cinnamon stick, and mint leaves in a glass jar
  2. Fill the jar with room-temperature water
  3. Put the lid on the jar
  4. Infuse overnight in the refrigerator
  5. Strain and serve chilled

To complete moments,

Valeria Paz

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Sources:

  1. How Marshmallows are Made”. www.madehow.com. Archived from the original on 2016–10–31
  2. Cravotto, G., Boffa, L., Genzini, L., and Garella, D. Phytotherapeutics: an evaluation of the potential of 1000 plants. J Clin Pharm Ther 2010;35(1)

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