Latin name: Althaea officinalis
Also know as: marsh mallow, marsh-mallow or marshmallow
The leaves, flowers and the root of Althaea officinalis (marshmallow) have been used in traditional herbal medicine. This use is reflected in the name of the genus, which comes from the Greek ἄλθειν (althein), meaning “to heal.”
Marshmallow is traditionally used as relief for irritation of mucous membranes, including use as a gargle for mouth and throat ulcers and gastric ulcers. The root was used in the Middle Ages for sore throat.