Marshmallow root – particularly effective for dry, irritating coughs

Even in ancient times, marshmallow (Althaea officinalis), also known as white mallow, was used for medicinal purposes.

The ingredients have an anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory effect. In traditional medicine, the plant was used to soften skin and mucous membranes. The mucousifying effect makes the plant preparation ideal for treating inflammation of the respiratory tract, mouth and throat, and the digestive tract. The mucus of the marshmallow root forms a protective film on the mucous membranes, which particularly provides relief from annoying dry coughs.

When used externally, marshmallow is effective against seborrheic eczema, a scaly skin disease. And small children also benefit from the plant: Chewing on a marshmallow root can relieve unpleasant pain when teething.

The marshmallow slime is largely obtained from the root. Marshmallow preparations contain cut or powdered root. The ingredients include mucilage, pectins, mineral salts, vitamin C, galacturonans and arabinogalactans.

Main indicators: from ENT complaints to skin diseases

ENT area and teeth:

  • Inflammatory changes in the mouth and throat area
  • Mucous membrane irritation
  • Teething aid for small children


Respiratory tract:

  • Dry, irritating cough
  • Whooping cough
    Gastrointestinal tract:
  • Inflammation of the gastric mucosa



  • Mild skin inflammation
  • Wounds and eczema
  • Seborrheic dermatitis

Marshmallow root is administered as an infusion, tea, cough syrup, or ointment.

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