Marshmallow or Althea officinalis is a wonderful healing herb. It’s very name means healing herb. Althaine is Greek for to heal and Althos is the name for a remedy in Greek. Mallow means to soften.
It is rich in mucilages which stick to and protect the mucous membranes in the throat and gut. It is perfect for use in a dry cough or strained voice or to protect the oesophagus from acid reflux.
The syrup (or any form of marshmallow) is very safe to use and can be give to young children without fear of harm.