Marshmallow Root Powder
With its expectorant and relaxation capacity as well as the ability to soothe and protect irritated mucous membranes, Marshmallow Root Powder (Althea officinalis) is increasingly becoming the 'go-to' herb for horses. Beneficial for a wide range of ailments without any known side effects, this herb is safe for long-term use.
- Ability to soothe and protect internal membranes
- One of the few herbs that may assist in the treatment of hindgut ulcers
- Used to treat irritated or inflamed digestive, respiratory and urinary tracts
- May also be used topically when mixed with water as a poultice and applied to skin inflammation, rashes, bruises, abrasions and wounds
- May be beneficial for treating spasmodic colic
- Helps to heal and protect internal gut walls and may therefore be useful for conditions such as ulcers, colitis and enteritis
- Contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
- Horses who have had colic, or who are scouring, may benefit from the soothing and healing effects of marshmallow for a number of weeks afterward
- May bind together and eliminate toxins from the body
- Contains high levels of of Vitamin A, calcium, zinc as well as iron, sodium, iodine and B-complex.
- Recognised as a general health tonic – it nourishes and refreshes the entire body
- Gentle laxative (stimulates bowel movements)
- Highly beneficial for dry coughs, sore throats and soothing the respiratory tract
Marshmallow Root Powder owes its primary therapeutic effects to its significant mucilage and pectin content. Pectin is a soluble fiber that assists with intestinal functioning and maintaining optimal blood sugar levels. Mucilages are compounds which, when combined with water form a slimy, slippery texture that contain the soothing and protective properties. Mucilages also have the ability to bind together toxins and assist in eliminating these from the body.
We suggest using Marshmallow Root Powder in conjunction with Aloe Vera for treating ulcers. Hardworking horses, or those prone to colic (especially in association with ulcers), may benefit from regular inclusion of Marshmallow in their feed.
Between 20-50g per day/500kg horse, chronic cases up to 80g daily
(10g = 1 tablespoon approximately)
May be of benefit for improving or promoting health or production or performance. Consult your vet before treating any illness.