Pharmaceutical Latin: Flos Althaeae Rosea
Common English: Hollyhock Flower
Marshmallow plant
Alcea Rosea
Herbs that Promote Urination
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Actions Indications/Syndromes

Moistens the skin, astringes, protects mucous membranes, expels Phlegm and alleviates pain

Sore throat, mouth ulcers

Cough and other respiratory problems such as bronchitis and whooping cough

Promotes urination, moistens the Intestines and unblocks the bowels Enuresis, inflammation of the digestive tract; including peptic ulcers, hiatus hernias, ulcers, enteritis and colitis

Cools Heat, reduces inflammation and detoxifies

As a mouthwash for bleeding gums

Inflammation of the kidneys and the uterus

Activates the Blood in the Lower Jiao









  1. This is one of the most widely used folk remedies.
  2. The flowers are used to make expectorant syrups, for the treatment of respiratory and inflammatory problems.
  3. Roots of the Althaea may be formed into a mouthwash and used to treat inflammation. It is in this form that the roots can be extremely helpful in aiding the irritation of teething infants.
  4. Althaea is skin-soothing and draws moisture into the skin, making it a wonderful healing herb that softens and reduces inflammation from a wide variety of skin conditions.
  5. Laboratory tests from the 1960’s concluded that althaea root has anti-inflammatory activity on the human tissue indicating that this herb could be helpful in treating cuts, scrapes, and other wounds, as well as a remedy for eczema, psoriasis and pinkeye.
  6. Extract from the root or stems of althaea can be applied to the skin to soothe burns and treat skin ulcers, even as an alternative treatment to relieve redness and irritation that comes with eczema.
  7. It is an imperative ingredient of ointments and creams that are effective in curing boils and other bodily abscesses.
  8. Althaea extract hydrates and supports the moisture balance within the skin. It is a non-oily emollient with soothing and softening properties, ideal for dry skin, promoting flexibility and resilience.