Althea Officinalis - Properties, Indications For Use

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Althea Officinalis - Properties, Indications For Use
Althea Officinalis - Properties, Indications For Use

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Instructions for use:

  1. 1. Chemical composition
  2. 2. Useful properties
  3. 3. Indications for use
  4. 4. Contraindications
  5. 5. Home remedies

Prices in online pharmacies:

from 56 rubles.


Althea syrup
Althea syrup

Marshmallow is a medicinal plant with expectorant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Chemical composition

The healing properties of marshmallows are known for the roots and the ground part (flowers and leaves), and they are fully manifested only in the second year of the plant's life.

Marshmallow root contains mucous and other colloidal substances, rutin, fatty oil, phytosterol, pectins, tannins, vitamins.

The herb contains essential solid oils, mucus, carotene, vitamins, ascorbic acid, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, potassium, zinc. The main value of marshmallow is in the contained mucus, known for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, expectorant effect.

Beneficial features

The healing properties of marshmallow are due to the mucous substances contained in it in a significant amount, which is why the plant preparations:

  • They have enveloping and anti-inflammatory effects;
  • Reduces cough, improving sputum evacuation;
  • Prolongs the effect of anti-inflammatory drugs prescribed as part of a combination treatment.

A decoction of marshmallow roots in folk medicine is used in the treatment of inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract and kidneys, for gargling with sore throat and washing the eyes with inflammation of the eyelids.

Also, due to its beneficial properties, marshmallow is used to treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and various inflammatory diseases of the upper respiratory tract: chronic and acute bronchitis, tracheitis.

Indications for use

The use of marshmallow is effective in treating:

  • Angina;
  • Tracheitis;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Gastritis;
  • Blepharitis;
  • Bronchitis;
  • Peptic ulcer and 12 duodenal ulcer;
  • Enterocolitis
  • Enuresis.


Althea officinalis rarely causes side effects, so the only serious contraindication to treatment is individual intolerance. In the early stages of pregnancy (1-2 trimester), medications with marshmallow should not be taken; the question of their use at a later date is decided by the doctor.

Also, the use of marshmallow is not recommended against the background of constipation and impaired respiratory function of the lungs.

Ready-made marshmallow syrup is recommended with caution to diabetics. Taking it for a cough, it should be borne in mind that syrup cannot be combined with codeine and other drugs that suppress the cough reflex, because this can make it difficult for the liquefied sputum to exit and provoke a complication of the disease.

In case of an overdose of herbal products, nausea and vomiting may occur. In this case, you need to rinse the stomach and stop using marshmallow.

Marshmallow home remedies

At home, the marshmallow root is used to make medicinal tea: two teaspoons of the crushed root are poured into 250 ml of cold water, infused for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. After half an hour, the tea is shaken well and filtered, after which it is slightly warmed up and slowly, in small sips, is drunk.

An important feature of using marshmallow root and herb is that you cannot bring to a boil and boil infusions with the plant - the starch contained in it can turn into a paste.

It is also possible to prepare tea from the marshmallow herb, which is taken orally for coughs, gastrointestinal diseases, both topically and in the form of rinsing. Two teaspoons of marshmallow herb are poured over 250 ml of hot water and allowed to brew for 10 minutes. To stimulate the intestines and treat the gastrointestinal tract, it is recommended to drink unsweetened tea. When coughing, honey is added to it, and for diabetics it is recommended to use stevia instead of honey.

In pediatrics, the use of marshmallow for cough is successfully practiced - the agent is non-toxic and highly effective. In this case, both ready-made marshmallow syrup and cooked at home help. Syrup with anise drops goes well - this remedy treats bronchitis and relieves "barking" cough.

To prepare marshmallow syrup at home, you need to take 2 g of coarsely chopped root, put it in cheesecloth, hang it, substitute an empty container. The root in gauze is poured with a mixture of 45 g of water and 1 g of wine alcohol, the flowing liquid is collected in a container, and the root is again poured into it. This procedure is repeated for an hour. To the resulting liquid, add 63 g of sugar and heat until it dissolves.

Althea syrup for children over 12 years old and adults are prescribed a tablespoon up to 5 times a day. For children 6-12 years old, syrup is given in a teaspoon, for children under 6 years old - 0.5 teaspoon each. The treatment lasts 10-15 days. It is recommended to dilute the syrup with water before use: 50 ml of water per one teaspoon of the product.

Boiled leaves of the plant are a good external remedy - they speed up the healing of wounds and abrasions. Marshmallow root can also be eaten raw - it is chewed to relieve sore throat. Rinsing with hot marshmallow infusion is carried out with inflammation of the tonsils and gums, and its cold infusion helps with inflammation of the mucous membranes of the eyes and skin.

Altey: prices in online pharmacies

Drug name



Altai syrup 125g

RUB 56


Marshmallow syrup 2% syrup 150 ml 1 pc.

105 RUB


Reviews Altey syrup

105 RUB


Eucalyptus Forte and Altey 1100 mg lozenges 20 pcs.

125 RUB


Eucalyptus and marshmallow forte tablets for rassas. 1100 mg 20 Pcs.

149 r


Altay syrup 2% 150ml

162 RUB


Information about the drug is generalized, provided for informational purposes only and does not replace the official instructions. Self-medication is hazardous to health!