Mallow - Malva Sylvestris - Benefits, Medicinal Uses, Side Effects

Latin Name:

Malva Sylvestris

Family:

Malvaceae

Soil pH:

5.5 - 7.5

USDA Hardiness Zone:

5 - 9

Parts Used:

Flowers, leaves and roots

Origin:

Mallow is native to Asia, Europe and northern Africa.

Cultivation:

Mallow is grown easily from seed. Mallow can be found growing in fields, roadsides and waste ground. The plant prefers rich, moist, well-drained soil and tends to avoid acidic soil. Mallow can grow well in full sun or partial shade.

Description:

Mallow is an annual or biennial plant that grows to a height of 2 ft (61 cm) or more. Mallow is in bloom from July through September. Mallow has beautiful, bright, pink or purple flowers with five petals. The flowers are very attractive to butterflies. Mallow grows into a short bush. Alternate names include Cheeses, Common Mallow, Garden Mallow, High Mallow and Tall Mallow.

Benefits:

  • Anti-inflammatory (helps to prevent inflammation)
  • Astringent (helps to contract body tissue)
  • Diuretic (helps to flush the body)
  • Laxative (helps to relax the bowels)

Medicinal Uses:

Traditionally, mallow was used by Native Americans to treat broken bones, sores, swelling and injuries. Today, mallow is used to reduce inflammation of the throat caused by chronic coughs. It actually forms a protective lining over the mucous membranes. A tea can be made from the flowers, leaves and roots. Used externally, the leaves make a great treatment for bruises, inflammation and insect bites. When consumed, it can also be useful to treat constipation and gastroenteritis.

Side Effects:

There are no known side effects from using mallow in recommended amounts.

Caution:

Medicinal herbs could react adversely to prescription drugs. Always consult your physician before you start an herbal regiment.


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