Marsh mallow

Marsh mallow was used in ancient Egypt and Greece as a medicinal herb for coughs and sore throats, and also for the treatment of burns and ulcers.

In times of famine, marsh mallow was eaten as food. During the Middle Ages, monasteries provided soothing marsh mallow ointments. The plant roots were given to teething infants to suck on, as they soothed gum pain and encouraged the teeth to come through more quickly.
The very first soft sweets were also made with marsh mallow - marshmallows.

Marshmallow leaf and root are used for pain and swelling (inflammation) of the mucous membranes that line the respiratory tract.
They are also used for dry cough, inflammation of the lining of the stomach, diarrhea, stomach ulcers, constipation, urinary tract inflammation, and stones in the urinary tract.