Botanical Name: Althea officinalis.
Part Used: Fresh root.
About Marshmallow Elixir: This beautiful mallow has soft, fuzzy leaves with tiny white and light-purple flowers that attract hummingbirds and bees. We dig the white root either early in spring, or later in fall (once the ripened seeds are collected and scattered), from plants that are 3-4 years old. It's possible to feel the moistening quality of the roots by the way one's fingers glide and slip along the roots. This mucilage comes from the polysaccharides that soothe and lubricate the mucosa of the body with a special affinity for the gastrointestinal/digestive tract, respiratory system, and urinary tract. Our Marshmallow Elixir is sweet tasting and most helpful for bringing soothing and moisture to occasionally irritated mucosal tissues caused by circumstances such as dryness or heat. Marshmallow root is also rich in prebiotic starches, which help to maintain a healthy microbiome. A healthy microbiome helps to support assimilation of nutrients, mood, the immune system, healthy hormone balance, and general vitality. Great for kids and adults alike.
Garden Notes: Many six-foot tall Marshmallow plants live in select places throughout our gardens. Their tiny, mallow-like flowers attract ruby-throated hummingbirds and nibbling herbalists. We hand-dig Marshmallow's demulcent roots in spring and autumn, and immediately hand-chop and tincture them in a solution of organic glycerin and organic alcohol. The glycerin is what draws out the mucilaginous qualities of the roots. A small amount of organic alcohol is added as a natural preservative.
Taste / Energetics: sweet, earthy, soothing, moistening, balancing.
Actions: demulcent, prebiotic, aperient.
When to reach for it: During winter or in a dry, hot climate for balance, health, and protection of the respiratory and immune systems. To support and soothe the digestive system and enhance overall digestive health. To support the movement of the occasional stagnant bowel. When lungs feel dry or irritated, for whatever reason. When needing extra support for urinary health. When feeling emotionally hot and bothered, especially during and after menopause, or other charged experiences.
Ingredients: Fresh Marshmallow (Althea officinalis) root†, Vegetable glycerin^, Grain Alcohol^.
Servings: 60 per 1oz bottle.
Serving Size: 10 drops (.5ml).
Suggested Use: Add 10-20 drops (.5-1ml) to 1 ounce of water 1-3 times/day or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
Safety Considerations: None.
^Certified Organic, ^^Sustainably Cultivated, **Consciously Wildcrafted, †Biodynamic
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.