Marshmallow root, also known as Althaea officinalis, is a perennial herb native to Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa. The root of the plant is used for medicinal purposes. Marshmallow root has been traditionally used to help relieve symptoms of respiratory issues such as sore throat, coughs, and bronchitis, it's also believed to have demulcent properties. It is also traditionally used to help reduce symptoms of digestive issues such as stomach ulcers and colitis, it's also believed to have emollient properties. Marshmallow root is also traditionally used to help reduce symptoms of skin irritation, such as eczema and dermatitis, it's also believed to have soothing properties. It is also believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and may help to reduce pain and inflammation.