Marshmallow has long been considered one of the most benevolent of herbs, renowned for its soothing and softening actions. Its therapeutic effects are largely due to its significant mucilage and pectin content, aided by its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Pectin is a soluble fibre that is beneficial for intestinal function and for keeping blood sugar levels in order. Mucilages are compounds which, when combined with water, form a slippery, slimy, semi-solid texture which has soothing and protective properties for surfaces such as the lining of the digestive tract or the skin. In addition, mucilages have the ability to bind toxins and wastes to themselves and thereby aid in their removal from the body.