Althea officinalis is a botanical name for a plant called althea, white mallow, marshmallow, hatmi and some others. The plant is native to Europe and distributed in many parts of the world. It is a perennial plant that prefers dark and salty marshes.
The plant grows up to two to four feet. The thick roots of althea are pale yellow. The light pink round flowers bloom from August through October. Traditionally in folk medicine the flowers and roots have been used during hundreds of years. The flowers are used to make expectorant syrups. Herbal supplements, teas and tinctures are made from althea roots.
The roots of althea represent a popular way to treat coughs, sore throats and congestion. The plant possesses powerful active ingredients that help break up mucus, reduce inflammation and kill bacteria naturally.
Althea herbal remedies are prescribed to treat illnesses and disorders, including: dry coughs, common colds, bacterial infections, bladder infections, urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, bronchitis, tonsillitis, joint pain, swelling, joint inflammation, stomach problems, diarrhea, constipation, bowel disease and autoimmune disorders.
Special compounds from the roots of the plant can be used to protect from many conditions and health diseases. These active compounds are: flavonoid antioxidants, amino acids, polysaccharides, pectin, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-mucilaginous components like tannins, quercetin, kaempferol, phenolic acid, coumarin.
These components are effective against inflammatory processes, skin disorders, water retention, premenstrual syndrome, pain and swelling.
Althea produces great soothing effects on swollen tissues and can prevent inflammation and infections.
Antioxidants such as flavonoids found in althea can be helpful in the treatment of chronic diseases, including cancerous tumor growth and inflammatory disorders. The plant protects healthy cells and stops the growth of tumor cells. It destroys harmful cells and prevents mutations by activating the immune system and removing dead cells from the organism.
The roots of althea as well as products from the flowers can be found in many different forms including: capsules, herbal teas, extracts and tincture form. The plant is also used in ointments for topical application in the treatment of eczema, dermatitis and wounds on the skin.
Benefits of the althea teas:
Treatment of coughs, sore throats, bronchitis and common colds;
Treatment of bacterial infections;
Treatment of viral infections;
Prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal issues;
Reduction of inflammation and improvement of heart health;
Diuretic properties for water retention;
Soothing and healing skin problems.
The form of the teas with althea and some other herbal ingredients is a very traditional, convenient and effective way to treat many diseases. The plant is added to digestive herbal tea blends and those intended to treat bronchopulmonary diseases. Althea plant is one of the components in Siberian Monastery Tea Collections. The plant is combined with other herbals to produce healing effects and overall health benefits.
The teas with althea are safe and very effective. Still it is generally recommended to ask a doctor for advice before taking any herbal remedy. Pregnant women and breast-feeding women should not use the herbal products.