Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis) is a perennial herb that’s native to Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa. It’s been used as a folk remedy for thousands of years to treat digestive, respiratory, and skin conditions.
Its healing powers are due in part to the mucilage it contains.
Marshmallow root extract is an anti-irritant and is tolerable by those with allergies and hypersensitive skin.
It is known to provide relief from itching, swelling, redness, and chaffing due to its emollient and soothing properties.
The roots and stem of the marshmallow plant secrete mucilage, which helps soften skin, lowers swelling, and kills bacteria.