Monday, August 29, 2011

Medicinal Recipe: The Wonders of Marsh Mallow

Marsh Mallow Tea

Marsh mallow alone, or blended with other herbal teas, is soothing to upper respiratory tract irritations and combats bacteria. It is very helpful in relieving sore throats and dry, raspy coughs. Make a typical infusion tea (see below) with the Marsh mallow leaves, OR you can use the stronger medicinal roots: infuse 2-5 grams of the dried Marsh mallow root in cold (not hot) water and let is steep for 8 hours. Drink up to 3 cups per day.

In addition, you can use marsh mallow in much the same way for pets with coughs. Add 1/4 teaspoon of
marshmallow tea to food or water for lubricating and expelling fur balls in cats or to help dogs with a cough. Marsh mallow powdered root added to pet food also provide relief for constipation.

A typical infusion tea:
*Pour boiling water over the herbs. Let it steep for anywhere from 10-25 minutes. The longer you let it steep, the stronger the medicinal properties of the tea. The typical ratio is 1-3 tbsp. of fresh herbs or 1-3 tsp. of dried herbs per cup of water.

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