The Marvelous Marshmallow Plant: A Traditional Treat That Also Heals

When most people think of marshmallows, they imagine the fluffy, sweet treats toasted over campfires or nestled in a cup of hot chocolate. However, the marshmallow plant, known scientifically as Althaea officinalis, has a rich history and offers a myriad of health benefits that extend far beyond the sugary confections we see today.

Historical Uses of the Marshmallow Plant

The marshmallow plant has been valued for centuries, dating back to ancient Egyptian and Greek civilizations. Traditionally, its roots were boiled down to create a thick, gooey sap, which was then sweetened and used to make a delicacy remarkably similar to today’s marshmallows. Unlike the modern marshmallows, which are primarily made from sugar, corn syrup, and gelatin, these ancient treats were imbued with the plant’s natural medicinal properties.

Health Benefits of Real Marshmallow

Marshmallow root has long been recognized for its soothing and healing properties. When consumed, it can provide numerous health benefits:

  • Digestive Health: Marshmallow root is rich in mucilage, a gelatinous substance that helps soothe the lining of the digestive tract, reducing inflammation and promoting better digestion.
  • Respiratory Relief: It has been used to alleviate symptoms of colds, coughs, and bronchitis by coating the throat and reducing irritation.
  • Anti-inflammatory Properties: Marshmallow root helps reduce inflammation in the body, making it beneficial for conditions like sore throats and digestive discomforts.

However, the marshmallows you find on supermarket shelves today lack these health benefits. Modern marshmallow treats no longer contain marshmallow plant extract, and as a result, they are devoid of the plant’s therapeutic qualities.

Marshmallow for Skincare

Beyond its internal health benefits, marshmallow extract is a boon for skincare. The mucilage in marshmallow root provides powerful hydrating and soothing effects for the skin. It helps to:

  • Hydrate and Plump: The mucilage acts as a natural moisturizer, drawing water into the skin and keeping it hydrated and plump.
  • Soothe Irritation: Its anti-inflammatory properties help to calm irritated skin, making it ideal for sensitive or inflamed skin conditions.
  • Promote Healing: Marshmallow extract supports the skin’s healing process, aiding in the repair of damaged skin.

Incorporating Marshmallow into Your Skincare Routine with THANN

The marshmallow plant is a testament to nature’s ability to heal and nourish both the body and the skin. You can still harness the power of the marshmallow plant through quality skincare products. By using THANN’s Oatmeal Scrub with marshmallow extract, you can enjoy the soothing and hydrating benefits of this remarkable plant, enhancing your skincare routine with the essence of a time-honored natural remedy.

Rice Oatmeal Face Scrub 100g - THANN Singapore

THANN’s Oatmeal Scrub incorporates the wonders of marshmallow extract, providing a gentle yet effective way to integrate this beneficial plant into your daily self-care routine. The scrub combines the soothing and moisturizing properties of marshmallow extract with the exfoliating power of oatmeal, helping to remove dead skin cells, promote cell renewal, and leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, and rejuvenated.

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