Marshmallow for Animal Health

Marshmallow for Animal Health

Marshmallow plant in flower

What is Marshmallow?

Marshmallow is a plant native to the UK and has white or pinkish flowers, with soft leaves. It's long been used for medicinal reasons (as well as for culinary purposes). The roots and the leaves of the plant can be used for a range of purposes.

Why is Marshmallow used for health?

Marshmallow root is often used internally to soothe and protect inflamed mucus membranes, and also topically to help relieve sore skin.

The leaves of the marshmallow plant are thought to be well suited to relieving some respiratory system and gastro-intestinal ailments, as well as soothing the skin.

The active constituent in both the root and leaves are acidic polysaccharides.

What animals can benefit from Marshmallow?

Horses, ponies and donkeys can, as well as dogs, cats and other small animals such as rabbits.

Marshmallow root or leaves can usually be found as tinctures, powders or combined in supplements and skincare preparations with other herbs. It's essential that the right amount is given, and so always liaise with a professional veterinary surgeon/herbalist for specific advice for your individual animal.


If your animal has any ailment, always obtain a diagnosis from a Veterinary Surgeon, who can also then advise on the most appropriate treatment plan.

There are numerous Veterinary Surgeons who specialise in herbal and other complementary medicine, and if you'd like help locating a specialist Vet near you, please email

Other Information

Research - aqueous extracts and polysaccharides from marshmallow roots....