Marshmallow Macerated Oil Recipe and Benefits
Marshmallow Root is a real delight to eat as a candy…but it also have great anti-inflammatory properties to treat local skin irritations, boils, burns, sores, ulcers, wounds and all kinds of skin inflammations. However, the root not only has good anti-inflammatory properties, it also boosts cell immunity.
It is great to use it as a baby massage oil.
Natural Vitamin and Mineral Content
Refer also to the oil that the Marshmallow Root is macerated in. The root contains polysaccharides, starch (38%); pectin (11%); flavonoids; tannins; phenolic acids; phytosterols; fatty acid esters; sucrose; asparagine; and a lechitin. It also contains betacarotene vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium and zinc.
If macerated in High-Oleic Content stable Sunflower Oil (which my recipe is), then it will keep for up to 2 years.
NB You need to watch out for botanical material collecting after a time at the bottom of the container, so you need to check the oils and filter if necessary before adding them to products/using.
Uses of Marshmallow Root Oil
- It is a perfect rejuvenating oil for mature skins.
- Used externally for its good anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties to treat localised skin irritations, boils, burns, sores, ulcers, wounds and all kinds of skin inflammations. However, the root not only has good anti-inflammatory properties, but also boosts cell immunity.
- As it helps to maintain moisturising levels in the skin by helping to maintain the hyaluronic acid levels, you could include this oil in all skin rejuvenating face oils, body oils and face serums.
- Adding (high linoleic acid) sunflower oil to creams and lotions will make them lighter and drier. The high lecithin content (that is also soothing to the skin) of sunflower oil makes it a good choice for making creams and lotions as lecithin helps to emulsify in the same way that egg yolks, which contain 8-10% lecithin, help to emulsify oils and eggs to make mayonnaise. So, sunflower oil is therefore excellent for adding to vegetal/base emulsifier creams that do not have as strong an emulsifying bond as MF or VE emulsifiers, or to recipes that you find difficult to make thick enough, or where you find that the cream separates easily.
- Excellent in all products for sensitive skin.
- Use in hair packs and hair oils. It helps to nourish and detangle the hair
- Due to the high oleic acid level (approx 80%) the oil gives very good lubrication and is very good when used in whole body massage.
How to Proceed:
Fill your glass jar with dry organic marshmallow roots for about a 1/3, pour with organic sunflower oil to fill your jar. Close carefully and keep in a cool place for at least 4 weeks (better 6 weeks), shake each day to allow the substances to deeply spread into the oil.
Filter and pour a few drops of rosmarine essential oil which is extremelly naturaly antiseptic (if you don’t want to keep it for too long, no need of rosmarin oil….
Keep the oil for your next massage, or for your next cream or balm preparation.
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