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Just about everyone at one point or another has sat around a fire and roasted a marshmallow, whether to make a s’more or to simply eat the sticky treat. It’s typically thought of as an empty-calorie snack, but did you know that marshmallow root — from which marshmallows are made — is actually full of health benefits?
The marshmallow root is the so-called mucilage material.
The Catnip herb, known commonly as catmint or catswort, actually has the scientific name of Nepeta cataria, which comes from Nepeti, a town in the center of Italy where the herb was once cultivated. Although most people don’t realize, this treat, so commonly reserved for its sedative, calming effects on cats, also has extensive benefits for human beings. The most important health benefits of catnip include its ability to calm restless sleep, relieve anxiety and stress, soothe menstrual pain, eliminate eating disorders, and ease stomach discomfort.
Angelica is very closely related to Dong Quai, one of the most respected female tonics in traditional Chinese medicine. According to one legend, Angelica was revealed in a dream by an angel to cure the plague (hence the name Angelica or Archangel).
Oak bark has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, astringent and disinfecting properties thanks to the high content of tannins, polyphenolic compounds and flavonoids. It is used on the affected skin, but also in the case of problems with the digestive system.