Dear Pharmacist: Last month, you wrote about herbal teas, specifically marshmallow root. You shocked me when you said this herb is “soothing to the mouth, esophagus and digestive tract; great for people with heartburn.” Suzy, I’ve been hurting for years and no one has ever mentioned marshmallow root. Please tell me how to make this tea. — J.G., Gainesville, Fla.
A: I created a YouTube video to teach people how to make it. There are millions who could benefit from this inexpensive, amazing concoction made of water and a plant root called marshmallow. I’m not referring to the fluffy white confectionary sort, I mean the ancient herb known by herbalists as Althea officinalis. It’s sold at herbal apothecaries, online herb shops, and some health food stores.
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