Marshmallow, an extraordinarily beautiful perennial, is closely related to cotton, okra, and hibiscus. It waves from the family Malvaceae and comprises of tiny pale white or somewhat bluish flowers with soft lobed leaves (3 or 5 lobes) that impart velvety texture on touch.
The campfire-friendly, sweet, and puffy marshmallows are nowhere near to this natural entity. From toothaches to beestings, marshmallow knows how to tackle absurdly diseased conditions.
For millennia, marshmallow is used as food and gentle medicinal herb. For a very long time, the textual pieces of evidence that claim marshmallow plants as the only source of food during harsh famines. It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-tussive, and emollient properties. Its leaves and roots are used to treat severe diarrhea, constipation, ulcerative colitis, and other gastrointestinal disorders. Moreover, marshmallow is also effective in treating both upper and lower respiratory tract illnesses. Further clinical trials have proclaimed it to efficacious for treating urinary tract infections.
Marshmallow plant thrives in salty marshes and can grow up to a small height of 2 to 4 feet. It produces sweet sap which was utilized by ancient Egyptian and Greeks for preparing sweet delicacies to please their Pharaohs and Gods.