Thanks for the ebook, Rosalee! I have a question about marshmallows. I found a marshmallow plant near the bay and tried (unsuccessfully) to make marshmallow fluff by boiling the root with sugar. Instead I got a hard condensed white mass and a thick, sweet, amber-colored liquid. I put both separately in my refrigerator, not knowing what to do with them. That was August, I'm embarrassed to say. Anyway both are still in the fridge and look OK. Do you think the liquid would constitute a syrup and would it still be good? Could the hard, white mass be used for anything? I hope they're not another "science experiment" gone awry. ;)
Here's another marshmallow question, Rosalee. I was told to avoid echinacea because it would activate my immune system, while I'm taking methotrexate to lower my immunity because of rheumatoid arthritis. Would marshmallow have an adverse effect? Could I use it for a dry, irritating cough?I appreciate your input, which has always been helpful to me in the past.All the best!Simchah
Somewhere I have heard or read that if a person has a ragweed allergy, they should be careful with thier use of Chamomile. I have used Chamomile for years with no problems, despite my having a ragweed allergy. What is your opinion?
I tend to use chamomile (manzania in Spanish) in case of kidney stones. HEAVY doses of the decoction and tea will dissolve the stones and allow for easy passage thru the urethrea. I'm fond of it as a poultice for skin irritations on children and for hemmoroids. Forgive my spelling. It's been a loooonnnng day.
Simchah - I am not sure about the mixture you made.... No experiments are bad, just some more enlightening than others. :) I have never heard of marshmallow causing problems as an immune stimulant. It is great for dry coughs.
McEuen - some people are allergic to chamomile, but as you've experienced, it doesn't seem cut and dry who is allergic to what. It's always a good idea to start with a small amount to mediate any allergic reactions.
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