Sweet and Herbal

Increasing daylight and warmer daytime temperatures, give us hope that Spring is slowly approaching. But, once the sun sets, that familiar chill fills the air and reminds us it’s still winter. Thoughts of enjoying a warm beverage like hot cocoa topped with marshmallows comes to mind. Only, your store-bought marshmallows probably do not contain any part of the herbal Marshmallow plant. Instead, they are a confection containing corn syrup and gelatin. The Marshmallow plant often referred to as “Mallow root” or Althaea officinalis, has been used in herbal medicine for centuries. Although the original marshmallow was made from this plant, it differed greatly in taste and appearance. The first marshmallow confections were made in Egypt over 3,000 years ago. All parts of the Marshmallow plant are edible. Marshmallow is moistening and cooling, with its roots and leaves being very mucilaginous and very valuable medicinally. When mixed with water, the gummy …