Marshmallow is a perennial flowering plant originally native to Europe, where it is typically found along stream banks, salt marshes and other damp places. Also known as Mortification Koot and Schloss Tea, marshmallow leaf has a long history of use as a culinary herb and the root of the plant is the original source of the confection of the same name. Because the entire plant and especially the root contains a high degree of mucilage, the herb is often used to make syrup and throat lozenges. Marshmallow is also commonly used in teas and to produce lotions, creams and ointments.
Marshmallow root, also called Mortification Root, Hock Herb and Sweet Weed, is a perennial herb native to Asia and Europe now naturalized in North America, where it is typically grown as an ornamental garden specimen.
The root has been used for thousands of years as food, especially when other vegetables were scarce. Dried marshmallow root is used today to make teas, infusions, extracts and tinctures.