One of the common uses of Malva sylvestris is as a pain reliever. Not only will the chemicals from the flowers help to speed healing, due to their rich vitamin content, but will also offer certain analgesic properties to the area, reducing pain and discomfort. This analgesic ability of the common mallow can be used in many ways throughout the body, both internally and externally. This also makes it a popular application in face masks or topical headache remedies.
Building on that first health benefits, Malva sylvestris can also boost the immune system by preventing bacterial infections and other foreign agents to affect those wounded areas.
Mallow is known for its capacity to reduce inflammation in the body and help treat common afflictions such as gastritis, sore throat, rashes, ulcerations and toothaches. It makes an outstanding antibacterial, astringent and anti-inflammatory and is thus useful for the treatment of a wide range of medical conditions.
Malva sylvestris is used traditionally as an herbal remedy for asthma, bronchitis, coughing, throat infections and emphysema. The herb contains a lot of mucous substances that cover the inflamed tissue with a protective layer.
If you are suffering from any chest congestion or a respiratory condition, then using Malva sylvestris is a great idea. Not only can it increase expectoration, which can clear out the respiratory tracts, but it also soothes the throat and glands due to its anti-inflammatory aspects, while also promoting healing and more rapid recovery.
Malva is best known in skin care for its ability to soothe dry, rough skin. If you're suffering from winter dry skin or similar skin issues, Malva is the perfect remedy. Due to the astringent, bactericidal and anti-inflammatory properties of the plant it can also be useful externally as an herbal treatment for wounds, boils, skin rashes, insect bites, pimples, eczema, acne and swellings.
For those people who feel backed up or unable to properly move their bowels, it can be an uncomfortable feeling. Using powerful laxatives can have a range of other effects on the body, but by steeping some flowers into a tea, you can create a mild laxative beverage that will regulate your digestive system and relieve any strain on that organ system. Since mallow has anti-inflammatory properties and forms a protective layer, it is beneficial for all inflammatory processes in the digestive system, from indigestion, ulcers, constipation, leaky gut, Chron's disease and many more. Because of it's diuretic and laxative properties, it is beneficial for the health of kidneys, gallbladder and joints. It prevents and heals kidney and gallbladder stones as well as helping to expel the uric acid that causes pain in arthritis and gout.
Many people struggle to fall asleep, but you can turn to the use a cup of Mallow tea to relax the mind and body, letting you drift off into relaxing, restful sleep.
The active components of mallow help the new mothers, increasing the milk production.
Some plants seem to be our constant companions, no matter where we live. Often, they will also be some of our really useful species. It will soon become clear that the common mallow (Malva sylvestris) is one of these plants.
Rather than being looked upon as a weed, the mallows can be more usefully described as some of our gloriously abundant plant helpers. A number of mallow species have long been used as a food and medicine, wherever they are found native. It is native to western Europe, but has spread to portions of the Mediterranean and northern Africa, and has been imported to much of the English-speaking world.
The scientific name, Malva sylvestris, is just as lovely as this flowering plant in the Malva genus, and is more popularly known as high mallow or common mallow. This plant if often found in fields and hedgerows and has a striking purple flower and stands between 3-4ft in height. Oddly enough, and one of the defining characteristics of the Malva genus, are the nutlets and seeds (also called cheeses, due to their shape).
The mallow family, which includes the marshmallow, musk mallow, common mallow and high mallow, share similar therapeutic properties. The mucilage found in Malva sylvestris is very valuable for its various medicinal uses, and this flower has been in use since ancient times.
Other Common Names: Mallow, zebrina mallow, blue mallow, cheese-cake, high mallow, marsh mallow, cheese flower, malva (Spanish), malve (German), rödmalva (Swedish), mauve (French), almindelig katost (Danish).
Preparation: To use as a tea, put two teaspoons of mallow in half a cup of cold water, cover and let mixture stand for at least four hours, or overnight. Strain and add honey and lemon to taste. Take as often as needed. To use it externally, prepare it in same way and then add the liquid to your bath, foot soak or wash your skin and hair with it.
Precaution: Because it coats the lining of the stomach, mallow may interfere with the absorption of other drugs or herbs. For this reason, it is important to take mallow several hours before or after taking other herbs or medications.
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