Mallow (common)

Malva sylvestris

Common mallow

Also called high mallow and tall mallow.

The story…

Common mallow grows in Europe, North America, Middle East and Siberia. It can be found in meadows, non-cultivated lands, roadsides and gardens. According to some historians, its name, from the Greek malasso, to soften, derives from its reputation to pacify passions and minds.

Uses

Mucous membrane inflammations

The mucilage contained in the plant soften and refreshes the mucous membrane of an inflamed throat (especially after having talked a lot, or because of an allergy) and dry cough. It appeases mouth irritations (aphtha, gum irritation) and digestive mucous membrane inflammations (esophagus, stomach, intestine). 

Nutritional value

Mallow is vitamin (A, B1, B2 and C), mineral salts, protein, iron and calcium-rich. You can for example eat the flowers and young leaves as a salad, soup, stuffing or stew.

Preparation

Infusion: 15g/L of dry flowers; 20 to 25g/L of dry leaves. Can be combined with thyme or coneflowers for cough and sore throat.

Precautions

In case of persistent symptoms or if you have any doubts, consult a doctor.

Common mallow

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