When I was a kid, nothing felt like summer more than an ooey gooey s’more.
When the sun would set, my family would sit around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and lay them on a bed of graham crackers and chocolate squares.
Sticky. Sweet. Delicious.
Today, the marshmallows sold in stores are nothing more than sugar and gelatin.
But back in the day, the very first marshmallows contained health-boosting marshmallow root… that’s actually how the spongy, white sweet candy got its name.
Marshmallow root comes from… you guessed it… the marshmallow plant.
This root has been used traditionally since at least the time of Ancient Egypt to address a variety of ailments… from skin issues to digestive distress.
The healing power of the marshmallow root comes from the sap-like mucilage the plant produces.
This mucilage is a known “soother,” packed with antioxidants that help fight off free radicals that can impact your health.
One of the more popular uses of marshmallow root is to relieve coughs, as the mucilage has a soothing effect on the throat as it coats the esophagus.
It’s also been shown to improve dry mouth in people who have low levels of saliva.
Marshmallow root is also great for easing skin irritations and healing wounds, as the mucilage forms a protective barrier on the skin.
Several studies have found marshmallow root applied topically can speed wound healing and help with eczema and damage from sun exposure.
But my personal favorite use of marshmallow root is for digestive health.
Just like the soothing effect the root has on the throat and skin, it can also soothe and coat your digestive tract to help ease post-meal stomach pain.
But that’s not all. Research has shown that marshmallow root can protect the gut and reduce occasional heartburn, indigestion, constipation and diarrhea symptoms.
I love marshmallow root so much, I included it in Digestive Freedom Plus, my potent formula designed fix digestive issues for folks 50+.
It’s really too bad that today’s marshmallows don’t contain actual marshmallow root.
I could use a healthy excuse to dip in to a s’more.
Then again… it is summer. Maybe I’ll make just one, for old times’ sake.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance