5 Ways to Love: Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis) is a wonderful addition to a natural skin care plan. Its mucilaginous (slippery and moistening) effect, and cooling nature makes it ideal for supporting skin that may be dry, sensitive, inflamed, hot or irritated. This can be from genetic or environmental factors or skin that is experiencing an inflamed skin condition such as rosacea or acne.

Marshmallow root is best suited for application as a cold water infusion, or powdered, to enjoy its cooling, moistening and anti-inflammatory properties.

To easily create a cold marshmallow root infusion, add a small handful of dried marshmallow root to a pint mason jar. Cover with cold water and place in the fridge overnight. Your infusion should be ready in the morning - nice and slippery, gooey. To keep the infusion fresh, create a new batch each time you use it. 

5 WAYS TO LOVE MARSHMALLOW ROOT:

  1. Soak a soft cloth or cotton with a cool marshmallow infusion and apply it as a poultice for 15-20 minutes (or longer) to areas of skin needing cool moisture, resoaking the cloth with cool infusion as needed.
  2. Moisten skin with a splash of freshly made marshmallow root infusion prior to cleansing to add extra soothing. You can also use the infusion as your rinse water. 
  3. Try a marshmallow root infusion in place of your regular toner, followed by your favorite serum and moisturizer.
  4. Soak powdered marshmallow root in water to make a smooth paste. Allow to sit for 15 minutes, then apply to cleansed skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse and apply your favorite toner, serum and moisturizer.
  5. Apply powdered marshmallow root mixed with a few drops of water to damp skin in gentle circular motions for a gentle exfoliant. Rinse with marshmallow root infusion.

You can often find marshmallow root in the bulk foods section of your local natural foods store. You can also purchase lovely mallow at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Want an already-made mallow treatment? Try Cocoa, Mallow & Rose Facial Mask, in the Autumn Moon Easy Boutique, This powdered mask gives the soothing comfort of mallow root to skin, along with the humectant (moisture holding) qualities of honey and the refining properties of cocoa and kaolin clay. 

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Do you use mallow root? What is your favorite application?