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Marshmallow Root Tea Recipe – for IC and Heartburn

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Marshmallow Root Tea Recipe
Marshmallow Root Tea Recipe
Marshmallow root tea is great for a variety of ailments and I find that this marshmallow root tea recipe is especially useful for mild heartburn and IC (interstitial cystitis) flare-ups. For this marshmallow root tea recipe you will need:

Prep Time: 4 hours

Yield: 4 cups

  • 1 32 ounce mason jar and lid
  • 32 ounces of filtered water (4 cups of water)
  • 4 tablespoons marshmallow root (I get mine from Mountain Rose Herbs)
  • White stevia powder to taste
I use the cold infusion method which I believe to be a purer extract of the mucilage. I take a 32 ounce mason jar and fill it with filtered water and add 4 tablespoons of the marshmallow root. Then I put it in the refrigerator overnight. The resulting tea is a pale golden yellow, thick and viscous. Strain the tea through a mesh strainer and make sure to press out all the mucilage you can with the back of a spoon for the most benefit. I sweeten my marshmallow root tea recipe with organic white stevia powder (but you could use another sweetener) and sip it throughout the day if I am in the middle of an IC (interstitial cystitis) flare-up or am suffering from occasional acid indigestion/heartburn from overindulging the night before. It may or may not work for you, but I can say that it works for me and brings relief to both IC flare-ups and mild heartburn. The taste is mild and earthy and I actually find it quite pleasant.




  • If you don’t have time to make a cold infusion overnight you can make the same recipe above using slightly warm water and let the marshmallow root infuse for about 4 hours on the kitchen counter. You can also leave the mason jar (with the lid on) out in the sun for a few hours as well.
  • If you want to make less than 32 ounces, the ratio is 1 tablespoon marshmallow root to 1 cup (8 ounces) of water.

Additional Information About Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow root is a herb that is native to Europe and has been used medicinally for over 2000 years. Marshmallow root is a slimy and thick demulcent herb that contains a powerful mucus-like compound known as mucilage which has the ability to swell when mixed with water. The mucilage has the ability to coat and sooth irritated mucous membranes and other bodily surfaces such as the stomach, throat, and even inflamed skin. It can be used as a natural remedy for heartburn, stomach upset/indigestion, ulcerative colitis, Chron’s disease, stomach ulcers, sore throat, and dry cough.

Marshmallow root tea works in complicated ways and is even a suggested remedy for an irritated bladder and especially helpful for those suffering from IC (interstitial cystitis).  Even though the mucilage does not come in direct contact with the bladder, herbalists believe that the ingestion of mucilage seems to promote a systemic moistening of tissues throughout the body. Marshmallow root tea can be also used as a first aid ointment for cuts and burns, a soothing mouthwash, and a great hair detangler as well!

The neat thing about marshmallow root is that it is a mild tasting herb, affordable, fairly easy to find, and is generally considered safe. However, consulting with your doctor is always recommended especially if you have diabetes or hypoglycemia (marshmallow root may interfere with blood sugar levels), are pregnant or breastfeeding, have cancer, or if you are taking prescription medication (because it coats the stomach, it might slow the absorption rate of prescription drugs).

I get my marshmallow root from Mountain Rose Herbs * which is my absolute favorite place to get organic quality bulk herbs and spices.

I hope you enjoyed this marshmallow root tea recipe and please let us know if you have any other uses for marshmallow root in the comment’s section below.


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1 Astrid { 06.15.13 at 7:27 am }

I just made some haven’t tried it out yet though. Does it help for colitis which is what I have problems with and can you warm it up I like warm tea better than cold.

2 Cecilia { 06.15.13 at 9:44 am }

Hi Astrid,
Thanks for visiting and yes you can warm up the tea and it is great with some honey or stevia to sweeten. It has been traditionally used for colitis, but I would check with your doctor first and remember, it can interfere with the absorption of prescription medications so you want to make sure you do not drink the tea at the same time as taking your medications. Best of luck to you.

~ Cecilia

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