We grew up knowing this plant from our grandmothers cooking, for us it was just another edible plant. Until we came across its beautiful flower and started digging a bit further.
It turns out that this beautiful lilac flower has great medicinal value. Mallow is best known for its capacity to reduce inflammation in the body and help treat common afflictions such as gastritis, sore throat, rashes, ulcerations and toothaches. It makes an outstanding antibacterial, astringent and anti-inflammatory and is thus can be useful externally as an herbal treatment for wounds, boils, skin rashes, insect bites, pimples, eczema, acne and swellings.
About the Tea...
A tea made from the leaves or flowers may be used as a remedy for a cough, catarrh and hoarseness. The flowers and leaves should be allowed to soak for a few hours in lukewarm water before use. To preserve the medical properties of the plant, it should not be boiled.
Today, the dried flowers and extracts are used in many commercial tea blends and over-the-counter medication intended as a relief for coughs.
Please remember that, when consumed in too large amounts, mallow can cause severe allergic reactions with symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting and gastrointestinal discomfort, which you might want to avoid.
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