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Davidsmum

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Hello,
Does anyone know the difference between Ester C and buffered vitamin C?  I know that ordinary vitamin C supplements are very tough on the digestive system and of course can be very problematic for the bladder.  I also understand that Ester C is reduced acid and that buffered vitamin C seems to have calcium added to it (presumably to buffer it?).   What I need to know if more about how these two different supplements work.... but also  .... which one is the best for the IC painful bladder whilst at the same time being an immune system support.

Marshmallow Root tea   -  does anyone use this and find it soothing for the IC bladder?  and  where can you get it in the UK as I have tried everwhere from health food shops, to pharmacies all over the place.  They just never seem to have heard of marshmallow root tea and yet it is on all IC lists as an excellent drink.

Any advice on either topic would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Carole48

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For marshmallow root try http://www.e-teas.co.uk.  I actually havent tried this as a tea.  I did try infusing some of the actual root but thought it irritated me a bit.  It seems to sooth some people but irritate others. 
Geraldine

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I bought my marshmallow root tea from http://www.e-teas.co.uk and it didn't irritate my bladder, though I'm not sure it helped. Neales Yard used to sell it, not sure if they still do, but their delivery charge was higher than e- teas.

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Davidsmum

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Carole, Geraldine,
Thank you for your replies. I'll try  and get some through the e-teas. So far no health food stores including Holland and Barretts, Health Matters, Nutri-Centre, London or Kent etc.  have ever heard of Marshmallow Root tea and they only seem to sell the tablets. Maybe the tablets are good for IC though?   Well anything is worth a try as ordinary teas are out.
Best wishes and thanks again.


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Forgot to mention in my last reply that you can get marshmallow root in capsule form from Holland and Barrett. You can open the capsule and dissolve it in hot water to make a tea. I did try that but didn't like the taste as much as the root tea, though even that took some getting used to.

Good luck with your search!

Geraldine 
GailK

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You can get marshmallow root from Neals yard which you can infuse to make a tea.  I tried it but thought it tasted disgusting.  I was willing to give it a go but felt it made my IC worse.

GailK x
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I have been drinking marshmallow root tea for 12months off and on, I dont know where you can buy it in the UK, in Australia I can get it through a health food shop. It is expensive, and looks like little bits of wood, like plant roots chopped up. I use about a heaped teaspoon in an infuser and I swish it around in hot water for about a minute no more then add a teaspoon of honey and I find it very easy to drink. It does soothe my bladder.

little_ducks

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Dear All,
I have never tried the tea because I cannot get it in my local health food shop, BUT because i read alot of good stuff about marshmallow root I tried the capsules, which believe it or not did soothe my bladder, I now use the tincture because it gets round the system quicker and seems to have longer lasting effects. Marshmallow is said to soothe mucous membranes all over the body. I would advise everyone to give it a go. It really helps to take the edge off of things.
Something else that has had good benefits for me have been antihistamines, I discovered this in the summer when I was taking them for hayfever. They really help.


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jahncrish

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The most common use of Marshmallow Root tea is to treat respiratory and digestive problems. It is also used to treat irritations of the mouth, throat, intestinal tract and other ailments.This tea is also beneficial in treating heart burn and to soothe painful ulcers.My wife had urinary tract infections find that drinking Marshmallow Root tea had  helped her to recover from it.


zena

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Good Morning,
Just wondered what is the best way of taking Marshmellow Root Powder please?
Presently I take 1tbsp in my porridge consisting of 1/2 Quinoa + Millet.
I also take the Marshmallow leaves of which I soak in cold water and leave to infuse overnight.
I do alternate that by having Cornsilk Tea. Again I infuse same.

By omitting wheat from your diet what do you replace it with?
May thanks,
Zena


little_ducks

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Dear Zena,
I think you can have the powder as a sort of tea, one of my sets of capsules said you could empty 2 capsules into a mug of boiling water and mix well and drink. I'm pretty sure that with food is just as good, if not better because if it doesnt taste that nice it will be masked by the porridge.
I've never had the powder or the leaves only the tincture or capsules, but out of those two I prefer the tincture because its faster acting.

With wheat flour I have replaced it in my diet with rice flour, corn flour, potato flour, tapioca flour, chickpea flour and lots of others but those are the best in my opinion. I eat rye bread, rice cakes, corn cakes and wheat free pasta too.
There is a really good company called Hale and Hearty who do quite a few packages of ready mixed flour blends they do a bread mix, a wholegrain pancake mix (which is AMAZING), a falafel mix, and lots of others that I haven't tried yet, but I really recommend them to anyone who is follwing/trying a wheat free diet. They are made from organic produce and are wheat, gluten, soya, dairy and GM free. And so yummy!
I'd like to try quinoa and millet porridge though, since I gave up oats I haven't found a subsitute - rice flakes arent v good.
Good Luck
Isabel x

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zena

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Hi Isabel,

I will have a go at making my own bread with one of these flours.

Many thanks for your help.

Zena.

MikeRoger

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I drink  Marshmallow tea  at times when my bladder is in bad shape,the more I  drink it,the better because bladder needs all the soothing it can get.




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Davidsmum

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Hi MikeRoger,

Where do you get your marshmallow root tea from. Are you in UK?
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Davidsmum, sorry to evesdrop, I get all my herbs from Woodland Herbs,...just google them, they are very reasonable and postage is super quick. They have a vast array of weird and wonderful things. I used to get them from a shop in Glastonbury which sold potions for witches spells - they were good as well, but the free offer of Eye of Newt kinda put me off

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