Marshmallow Root Pastilles for Soothing Throats
Marshmallow root is amazing.
Put 1/4 cup of the root in cool water and look at the transformation in a few hours. It has such a beautiful slippery mucliage to it.
Its where the original marshmallows came from (which I tried to make once many many years ago and it didn’t end well - overcooked!).
Its also a favorite for sore throats - well caused by sickness, allergies, heartburn, dust etc.
That beautiful slime (don’t you love that picture) coats the throat to relieve that inflammation. It is cooling and sweet.
Pastilles are a great way to take the powdered form of marshmallow root - not only will it soothe the throat but you get the additional medicine of honey!
While you can find many recipes with exact measurements, I always enjoy making my remedies that old way…adjusting as you go (when the herb allows for it, that is!). This pastille is just two ingredients - both incredibly safe - which allows us to play a little bit, and makes it an awesome remedy to make with children!
If you do make it with children, hopefully you don’t mind a little mess as they discover what works and what doesn’t.
Marshmallow Root Pastilles
1/4 cup Marshmallow powder (and then some to get your consistency)
1 tablespoon honey (and then some to get your consistency).
Add powder to a bowl and slowly begin adding honey, a teaspoon at a time.
Stir vigorously after each addition - until it forms a nice ball.
This is too wet - add more powder.
Ah, this is right.
Roll into balls. Smaller balls (1/8 teaspoon) are easier for smaller mouths but they are easy to break if you prefer to make larger ones!
It helps to have a little powder off to the side (out of the package) so that after you roll the pastille, you can roll it in the powder to prevent sticking.
Place in baking pan and let air dry for 24 hours.
After 24 hours, move to storage container and store in fridge.
**If you are having difficulty getting the right consistency for the pastilles, you can still store the paste in a jar and dish it out on a spoon!
When needed grab a pastille and put it in your mouth. Let is dissolve.
For small mouths, break larger balls up or let them just bite off a little at a time.
Please note: heat will damage the polysaccharides, which give us the beautiful mucilage. Avoid heating the balls if possible.