ZiiNGLES The Dry Mouth Solution has numerous herbal stars in its heavenly formula. But perhaps the best known is the marshmallow plant, Althaea officinalis.
Most of us are familiar with the playful puffy fluff of confectionary known as marshmallows, and many of us have delightful memories of devouring the sticky delight during campouts. But few of us may know that those spongy morsels called marshmallows originated as a herbal delicacy that was also a herbal remedy — and whose main ingredient was the marshmallow root.
Currently the commercially available factory marshmallow is a crazy concoction consisting of corn syrup, sugar, modified cornstarch, dextrose, water, animal-derived gelatin, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, artificial flavors and blue food dye #1. Not exactly wholesome or a traditional food, and a recipe absurdly far from marshmallow’s holistic herbal treat origins. Marshmallows, even those vegan versions that are commercially available, don’t contain a smidgen of the marshmallow herb.
History records that it was the ancient Egyptians, over 3000 years ago, who first used the root of the mallow for making a treat. It was both a bonbon and a treatment for sore throat — primarily reserved for the Nobility and Pharaohs.
Mallow’s genus name Althaea is derived from the Greek ἄλθειν (to cure), an indication of its notable healing properties. The name of the plant family to which mallow belongs, Malvaceae, is derived from the Latin malva (soft,) referencing the superb qualities of mallow as a soothing demulcent.
Marshmallow has traditionally been used as a treatment for irritation of mucous membranes, including as a gargle for mouth ulcers and sore throat, and for promoting healing of stomach ulcers. Often combined with a natural sweetener such as honey, marshmallow became a well-respected herbal go-to for any irritations of the oral mucosa or gastrointestinal tract.
The Romans and the Greeks loved the mallow plant; they believed that a brewed mixture of the mallow sap combined with honey cured sore throats and mouth pains .The famed Hippocrates included it in his list of medical treatments, and Pliny the Elder, the ancient Roman author and natural philosopher, made the rather extravagant claim that:
“Whosoever shall take a spoonful of the Mallows shall that day be free from all diseases that may come to him.”
The Science on Marshmallow isn’t Soft
The marshmallow plant, especially the root, contains polysaccharides that are mucilaginous (gel-like) in consistency, and which confer a soothing effect upon inflamed membranes in the mouth and throat when ingested orally. Marshmallow also has confirmed antibacterial properties.
ZiiNGLES uses certified organic marshmallow in its formula as a means to comfort, coat and protect the mouth from the harmful effects of dry mouth. Combined with the other delectable ingredients in ZiiNGLES — we’ve created for you a treat of a treatment. Added bonus: you don’t even have to be an Egyptian Pharaoh to get some!