Marshmallow root releases a gummy substance when chewed or simmered in water. This muciaginous gel is soothing, lubricating, softening, healing and pain easing both internally and externally.
Pain Apply the softened root to the pain, or add a strained decoction of the root to any foot bath or full bath.
To make such a decoction, simmer a quarter of a pound of the dried, cleaned root in two quarts of water, and reduce it to six cups. Strain before using the bath.
Stings Any wild mallow flower is an excellent compress for wasp sting.
Coughs, Hoarseness, and Tonsilitis The mucilaginous proper ties of this plant help to alleviate chest congestion. Honey may be added for sweetening.
Eye Lotion Prepare an infusion of the leaves and apply it as a compress to reduce inflammation of the eyelid.
Mouth Abscess Prepare a strong tea of the leaves, and use it as a rinse for an abscess or gum boil.