The mallow plant (Malva sylvestris) is native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia. It grows naturally in fields. The flower and leaves are utilized in traditional medicine. The mucus-like material in mallow flowers protects and soothes the throat and mouth. Common mallow can grow upright or prostrate, leading to confusion because it’s simple to mistake them for two species.
Medicinal and nutritional value
Vitamins A, B, C, and E; inulin; mucilage; phenols; flavonoids; essential fatty acids; fiber; calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and potassium.
Traditional and modern applications
Like many other wild food plants, the common mallow has a long history of therapeutic usage. Mallows make great soothing demulcent herbs due to their high mucilage content, especially for urinary, digestive, and respiratory inflammation.
Pregnant women and new mothers may be interested to hear that mallow leaves contain significant amounts of iron, zinc, and most vitamins.
- Common mallow is used as a poultice to relieve swelling and drain out toxins.
- When mixed with eucalyptus, Khubazi is an effective cure for coughs and other chest disorders.
- The root, like marshmallows, can be given to children to help with teething.
- The blossoms and leaves are emollient and beneficial to sensitive skin.