The children had a lot of fun at this Junior Herbalist Club session. We made Marshsmallows! and used actual Marshmallow root powder!
The kids loved learning about Marshmallows soothing, softening and cooling actions. They were grossed out to learn that these actions are due to the gooey snot-like quality of Marshmallow. There was alot of laughing and faces being pulled at that description.
We were disappointed to find that the Leicester Botanical Gardens gardeners had already cut back the Marshmallow growing in the medicinal herb garden. The children stopped for a quick game of hopscotch and we went in search of more Marshmallow in the gardens. Unfortunately we didn’t find any Marshmallow but we did find some Koi carp.
The leaves of Marshmallow are so soft and furry like kitten ears. The flowers are pale pink or white smallish flowers and it can get quite tall from between 4 – 6 ft.
Marshmallow is soothing from top to bottom. From our mouths all of the way out of our system, as it soothes the mucous membranes inside of us. This includes the mouth, lungs, stomach, colon and bladder. As it travels down through our system it coats us with its gooey, demulcent, soothing, anti-inflammatory substance.
You can use it for UTI’s, sore throats, hot inflamed lungs, coughs, heartburn, diarrhoea and constipation. It’s such a useful herb because of its gentle soothing nature. I like to give it to people who need some emotional love and support as it exudes loving cuddly energy.