Althea officinalis – from the Greek altho meaning to cure. A plant material derived from the dried roots of the marshmallow. An anti-inflammatory said to be good for inflamed or irritated skin, it can be found in ointments and creams to treat chapped skin or insect bites. Also found in skincare products as a thickening agent (contains a high percentage of mucilage; a natural gummy substance) and as an emollient.

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