Althaea officinalis

Althaea officinalis L.

Malvaceae

  • Marsh Mallow
  • ألطيا
  • ختميه
  • altea
  • khatmiyeh
  • חָטְמִית רְפוּאִית
  • נְטוֹפִית רְפוּאִית
  • khotmit refu'it
  • netofit refu'it

Hemicryptophyte

  • Humid habitats
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Althaea officinalis L.

System/StateTraditional
Complaint/Use
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/Administration

Parts Used

Source
General

Fever

Anti-pyretic

Steep roots in boiling water, strain + nabat sugar (see NOTES) & drink as tea.

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Mental Health

To soothe

Anxiolytic

Steep roots in boiling water, strain, + nabat sugar (see NOTES) & drink as tea.

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Respiratory

Cough

Anti-tussive

Steep roots in boiling water, strain, + nabat sugar (see NOTES) & drink as tea.

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Respiratory

Increase phelgm (mucous) secretion

Expectorant

Steep roots in boiling water, strain, + nabat sugar (see NOTES) & drink as tea.

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Nabat sugar used in several recipes is crystalline sugar formed by dissolving sugar granules in water & slowly vapourizing it.

Some reports suggest that Althea officinalis may lower blood sugar levels. Therefore caution in diabetic patients.