Marshmallow Leaf – Althaea Officinalis
Marshmallow leaf in one of the herbs in our Cool Mama, the sweet root of the plant inspired the confection we now call marshmallow. Here are a few things we think are great about the leaves:
Marshmallow Leaf has been noted as being used by both the Greeks and the Romans. Althaea comes from the Greek “to cure”, and Mallow from the Greek “to soften”. Pliny suggested this herb can be used as an ointment or a cough syrup. (Alcock). Marshmallow Leaf was mentioned in Homer’s The Illiad….