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Medical Use Of Marsh Mallow

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I Dont Believe These Benefits Were Approved Clinically Yet:

(In the previous post I talked about how to grow and care Marshmellow herb. As a follow up, I’d like to share how to use it for medical benefits.)

Brewing a tea is said to help with these ailments:

  • Coughs
  • Sore throat
  • Colds
  • Flu
  • Bronchitis
  • Crohn’s disease but there was not enough information for this to be confirmed more towards being proven or disproven based on very few claims.

organicgardeningeekIf you do consume this tea be cautious with any kinds of medicines you take, or better, consult your doctor first. The coating this plant can leave, similar to how the common marsh mallow treat does to the roof of our mouths, can make the absorption of pills/capsules difficult for the body. So allow 6 hours before your medicine if you wish to consume any tea or some food with Marsh Mallow root in it. Or you can allow for 6 hours min. after taking your medicine before you drink any tea or consume the Marsh Mallow plant.

Rubbing leaves or premade Marsh Mallow oil was reported as helping with:

  • Skin irritation
  • Bug bites
  • Light wounds for speeding up healing
  • Eczema was reported by one or very few people. They probably used a cream that contained Marsh Mallow as I could not locate exact details for this.

There are creams and pills that contain Marsh Mallow that have been designed to treat some of the listed conditions. So please keep that in mind if you don’t want to grow your own just for the freshest item to relieve a certain ailment.

How to Use Marsh Mallow For Cooking:

Cold tea:

  • Get a jar and fill it with 1 cup warm water.
  • Add 1 tablespoon Marsh Mallow root.
  • Optional is adding 1 teaspoon of Peppermint leaf. Not recommended for those with heartburn.
  • Close up and shake the jar thoroughly.
  • Put in the fridge and let it sit overnight.
  • Pour and strain later before drinking slowly. It should help ease any throat discomfort.
  • You can also buy Marsh Mallow in already made teabags in some stores.

Homemade Old Style Marshmallows:

This is a recipe I found and really kind of the only one I found so if you’re curious to try it out.
What equipment you will need:

  • Small sauce pan
  • Hand mixer (if you don’t have a kitchen mixer)
  • Metal bowl
  • Kitchen mixer (could be faster than hand mixer)

What ingredients you will need:

  • 4 Tablespoons of pasture-raised gelatin powder (or any other gelatin if you aren’t too picky on if it is organic or came from something that roamed around free on the farm.)
  • 1 Cup of water (warm)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Marsh Mallow root
  • 1 Cup of honey (brand is your choice)
  • 1 Teaspoon of vanilla or any other flavor or flavors you would like. A few options they gave
    were mint extract, lemon, or cocoa powder.
  • 4 capsules of probiotics which are optional as not everyone wants to add this, I assume, to their meal/snack so it’s up to you really.

Instructions:

Step 1:
organicgardeningeekCombine 1 Cup of warm water into the metal bowl with 1 Tablespoon of Marsh Mallow root.
Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. This will be the equivalent of leaving it overnight in the
refrigerator.
After the 5 minutes are up, stir the mix well then strain it so you have a clean liquid that fills the1 Cup measuring cup.
Quick note: if you are reusing the metal bowl with a hand mixer, then wipe out the bowl with a damp rag before continuing to step 2.
Step 2:
Take and pour 1/2 a Cup of the Step 1 mix into the metal bowl or kitchen mixer bowl,
whichever you will be using.
Add your 4 Tablespoons of gelatin to the mix.
Whisk lightly to incorporate the powder then leave it be to rest.
Step 3: Pour the other 1/2 of Step 1’s mix into a saucepan.
Add 1 Cup of honey.
Optional: If you decide to use cocoa powder for your added flavor, you may add it when stem
is starting to rise from the pan, ensuring it is stirred in well.
Step 4:
Heat gradually to bring it to a slow boil
If you own and use a kitchen thermometer then heat until it reaches an ideal heat of 240 degrees and maintain it with constant stirring.
Heat with stirring for 8 minutes
Step 5:
Slowly and carefully start pouring the heated mix into the metal bowl or kitchen mixer bowl,
whichever you are using. Don’t add all at once, just enough to soften the harden gelatin.
Note: when you do this the gelatin mix should be hardened.
Step 6:
Turn on your mixer to medium, carefully stirring up the gelatin with the honey mix.
Carefully continue slowly adding in the rest of the honey mixture.
Step 7:
Once done pouring turn the mixer up to high.
Blend for about 10 to 15 minutes
Once you have a stiff cream, turn it off. The consistency should be like marshmallow cream
which is able to form gentle peaks when the mixer blade is pulled up from the mix.
Step 8:
If you are using probiotics then now, with any other flavorings besides the cocoa powder,
would be the time to add to add them.
Let this stand undisturbed for about 2 minutes.
Step 9:
Grease a 9 by 13-inch pan. They recommend using coconut oil but you could use Pam or any
other non-stick spray.
Another option to keep the marshmallow cream from sticking would be to line the pan with parchment paper. Just make sure it’s long enough that it comes up over the edges to allow you something to grab to remove the treat later.
Step 10:
Pour your mix into the lined or greased pan, smoothing it out on top.
Leave the dish alone for 4 hours, or for a better outcome then leave it out overnight, on the
counter.
Step 11:
After it has set, remove it from the dish and use a knife or pizza cutter, either one as either will need to be well oiled, to cut the newly formed marshmallow into slices.
Put leftover marshmallows into an airtight container to leave out at room temperature. Putting these in the fridge will melt them.
If you added the probiotics then their shelf life is about 3 to 4 days. Without the probiotics then they can last up to at least 2 to 3 weeks.

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