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Mallow, malva      Malva sylvertris

Malva is marvelous.I was going round to my friend Annie's birthday and had nothing to bring except mallow from the garden. She was delighted. She had a bit of a cough and, she's from Quebec, "Malva, in french, this is mal va. 'Bad go.' My mother gives this to us for many ailments." 

Mallow is a demulcent. Sovereign for soothing mucus membranes: throat, bronchi, guts...

Nowadays many texts say, marshmallows replaced it (It is a much stronger demulcent... it is the champion) - not in my garden. The spirit of mallow is healing.

How to take herbs  

the leaves and flowers are the medicinal part and can be used to make an infusion, a tea.

It works very nicely with calendula flowers, for instance...

"All parts of the plant are antiphlogistic, astringent, demulcent, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, laxative and salve.

The leaves and flowers are the main part used,"



A different mallow...
Malva neglecta


other sources

purple sage's page is wonderful. a great herbal resource.

as is

mallow a link



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