althaea officinalis

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A great skin herb with numerous medicinal benefits, especially in soothing the mucus membranes and respiratory tract. Helps counteract excess stomach acid, peptic ulcers and gastritis. Has laxative properties and soothes irritated or inflamed mucus membranes to help heal intestinal issues like colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, cystitis and frequent urination. Helps with bronchitis, urinary and digestive system irritations, asthma and inflamed skin, boils, abscesses. Used for all kinds of skin conditions like skin ulcers etc. Soothes sore throat or hoarseness from talking, yelling or singing too much. The leaves can be eaten right off the plant or in salads. The roots are very high in sugar, so diabetics should avoid the root.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz
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The name hibiscus is from the Greek word "hibiskos" which an ancient Greek botanist gave to the plant Althaea officinalis.