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Malva sylvestris


Malva sylvestris

(Mallow)


Botanical info

Mallow is usually a biennial plant, though sometimes it can be annual or a short-lived perennial, originating from the Mediterranean costs. The erect stems are usually branched, the plant growing 30 - 120cm tall, exceptionally to 300cm. Flowers bright rose – purple with stripes. Grows naturally almost everywhere but abounds in waste ground, field verges and roadsides, avoiding acid soils. 


Hippocratic legacy: 

    a. In Ulcers: 

        a. Mallow leaves with wine are used as poultice in oedemas and inflammations. 

    b. In Nature of Women: 

        a. Decoction of mallow root with water act as laxative and painkiller. 

    c. In Diseases of Women 1:

        a. The previous decoction suggested for gynecological and vulval disorders. 

        b. Mallow juice in linen/woolen fabric for internal use as laxative. 

        c. Wild broad-leaved mallow used as vulval suppository stimulates birth. 

        d. Against uterus bleeding.  


Other uses: 

The use of Mallow has been much superseded by Marsh Mallow, but it is still a favorite remedy. The leaves and flowers are used only, mainly externally in fomentations and poultices. The infusion has been a popular remedy for coughs and colds, the internal use of the leaves is as a decoction for injection, which, made strong, cures strangury. The foliage when boiled, forms a wholesome vegetable. The seeds are also edible. A tincture of the flowers, which turn blue in fading, forms a very delicate test for alkalis.


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