Khatmi (Marshmallow)


Khatmi Scientific Name

Althaea officinalis

Khatmi Other Names

English: Hollyhock
Hindi: Gulkhairo
Sanskrit: Shirisha, krishnashirisha, mridupushpa, shukapushpa, vishanashana

What is Khatmi?

Khatmi, commonly known as Hollyhock, is a plant in which the roots and the leaves are used in making  Ayurvedic medicine, especially for minimizing swelling and pain (inflammation) in the lungs. It is also used to treat stomach lining inflammation, dry cough, diarrhea, constipation, stomach ulcers, UTIs, and urinary stones. Khatmi is also applied directly to the skin to treat skin infections like ulcers and abscesses. It is also used to treat burns and insect bites. Atopical application of Khatmi is found to reduce redness and swelling in extremities caused due to exposure to cold weather. 

Common forms of Khatmi

Root, Seeds, Leaf

Khatmi is commonly used for:

  • Healing Burns
  • Treating Constipation
  • Treating Cough
  • Treating Diarrhea
  • Clearing Infected airways
  • Treating leg sores caused by weak blood circulation (venous leg ulcer)
  • Treating skin infections mainly caused by parasites (Leshmania)
  • Treating sores
  • Treating stomach ulcers
  • Healing wounds

Khatmi Dosage

Powder: 3-6g taken over the course of a day or as prescribed.

Khatmi Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Taking Khatmi may increase your risk of bleeding.
Not so common side-effects: Not known.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Khatmi is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. However, if you experience any symptoms while taking Khatmi, contact your doctor immediately.
Children: Not known.


When taken by mouth: Khatmi root and leaf are likely safe when taken in the amounts found in foods. It is possibly safe when the root and leaf are taken in larger amounts as medicine. There isn’t enough reliable information to know if Khatmi flowers are safe or what the side effects may be.

When applied to the skin: Khatmi is generally safe when applied directly to the skin.

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Chinmayi Kulkarni

Chinmayi is a Nutritionist turned Marketer, with Masters in both Marketing and Nutrition. Her focus is to combine her knowledge to understand and evangelize Ayurveda.

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