Marshmallow root, or Althaea officinalis, is a flowering plant that has played a role in herbal medicine for centuries. Marshmallow root comes from the marshmallow plant and looks like a brown, fibrous husk. The flowers, root, and leaves of the marshmallow plant are edible. Marshmallow Root Powder is mildly sweet with an earthy flavour! Marshmallow candy got its name from marshmallow root because manufacturers originally used the root’s mucilage to make this confection.
Marshmallow root powder may be added directly to foods as a thickening agent. It may also be applied to the skin as a moist poultice, or infused in oil to produce soaps, lotions and other skin care products. It is traditionally used in making the Middle Eastern treat halva and can be used as a herbal tea. A sweet, woody flavor, the marshmallow root tea makes an interesting blend and is great on its own. Place one or two teaspoons of marshmallow root powder in a cup of hot water. Let steep about 10-minutes. Add sweetener and drink while warm. The texture is smooth, as marshmallow has a high mucilage content, and thickens when cool.
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