Perennial plant of the mallow family - malvaceae - up to 1,5 m. Hairy stems, ligneous at the base, spreading or erect.
Very variable leaves, generally palmately divided and lobed, with toothed lobes, with long stalks.
Pink or purple flowers, with darker purple veins, 2 to 4 cm wide. Sepals twice or four times smaller than petals. Fruits with protruding angles, downy.
Picking-up and storing mallows
Spring is the best season to collect the flowers before they are in their bloom. Leaves should be collected when the plant is in full bloom either in Spring or Summer. They should be kept in a dry air-tightened container.
(Cataplasm with the smashed tender plant over the skin) (In case of eczema or pustules it is very convenient to apply a cold compress soaked into the decoction of a handful of dry leaves per litre of water)
It can also be used for mouth sores or gingivitis (rinses with the decoction for 10 minutes a teaspoon of flowers per cup of water.) (Mixed infusion of mallow and thyme, make mouth rinses)
- Pyorrhea: (Mouthwashes with the decoction during 10 minutes of a teaspoon of flowers per cup of water.)
- Pain in the breast: (Infusion for 10 minutes of two spoons of dry leaves for each glass . To increase its emollient properties it can be taken with honey) (Infusion for 5 minutes of a tea spoon of flowers with two leaves of eucalyptus. Against coughing.)
Mallow for digestive system inflammations
- Mouth inflammations: (Mouthwashes with the decoction for 10 minutes of a tea spoon of dry flowers per glass of water)
- Stomach irritation: In stomach irritation, the mucilages of this plant help reduce the stinging sensation. (Take a couple of cups a day earlier decoction)
- Varicose veins: (Infusion of a spoonful of flowers and leaves per cup. Two cups a day)
- Constipation: (Decoction for 20 minutes of 30 gr. of dry leaves and flowers per litre of water. Drink 3 glasses every day.)
Main properties of Mallow
Very rich in mucilages
The pasters are emollient
Infusions for dry cough
Wild edible plant
To avoid constipation
Edible properties of mallow
Common mallow can be used as food. It is know since historical times, since it was used by The Greek and The Roman ,who ate it with profusion, mixed with other vegetables.