A Demulcent is a substance that forms a soothing, protective mucilaginous film or coating over a mucous membrane. Demulcent herbs are those which are said to soothe or protect inflamed or irritated internal tissues.

A list of herbs that have been stated to be demulcent: Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), Comfrey (Symphytum officinale), Common Purslane (Portulaca oleracea), Corn Silk (Zea mays), Couchgrass (Agropyrum repens), Dead Nettle (Lamium), Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum), Irish Moss (Chondrus crispus), Lungwort (Sticta pulmonaria), Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Mallow (Malva sylvestris), Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis), Mullein (Verbascum thapsus), Oatmeal (Avena sativa), Parsley Piert (Aphanes arvensis), Plantain (Plantago major), Slippery Elm (Ulmus fulva), Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica). [1]

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