Althaea officinalis

Folk names: Althea, Mallow, Mortification Root, Sweet Weed

Warning: Ingestion

The Root of the Marshmallow plant is safe for ingestion, however the scientific jury is still out on the safety of the flowers and leaves for ingestion as is. They are safe to use when properly prepared, such as marshmallow leaf syrup which is a common remedy for clearing any "gunk" out of our your ears, nose, and throat.

Little research has been done on the effects of marshmallow on the modern body but some indicates that the type of mucilage that is found in marshmallow root MAY inhibit the proper absorption of other medications.

Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Gender: Feminine

Parts Used:

  • Leaves

  • Roots (Ingestible)

  • Flowers (Medicine + Magic)


  • Food (Root)

  • Tea (Root)

  • Tincture

Taste: Sweet​


  • Cooling

  • Moistening

Just Add Resin

Marshmallow binds well with resins for more powerful magic. Resins are typically burned in ritual or otherwise. Add marshmallow to your frankincense, amber, myrrh, or other resins!

Marshmallow in Action

The Bat & Raven offers these products that utilize the properties of Marshmallow.

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​Magical Uses

  • Childbirth

  • Cleansing

  • Fertility

  • Fidelity

  • Healing

  • Love

  • Lust

  • Passion

  • Positive Spirits "Puller"

  • Protection

  • Psychic Powers

Medicinal Uses

(This information has been collected from Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine as well as The Herbal Academy of New England, it has NOT been confirmed by Licensed Herbalist)

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Demulcent

  • Diuretic

  • Emollient

  • Expectorant

WARNING: Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before ​

adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list Medical Jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantagous. Too much of a good thing, eh?