Mallow Flower (Malva Sylvestris)
The Malva sylvestris is also known as high mallow, tall mallow, or garden mallow. This is a native plant of Asia, Europe, and Northern Africa.
It is recognized for its anti-inflammatory, hypoglycemic, emollient, demulcent, laxative, and antibacterial properties. The two major qualities of the Malva sylvestris are soothing and healing owing to the high concentration of mucilage it contains.
It is commonly used as an expectorant and can quickly clear congestion and soothe the sore throat. It is also prescribed for the treatment of stomach ulcers and UTIs. The mallow also helps control blood sugar. Together with other medicinal herbs, it can treat coltsfoot and mullein.
The Malva sylvestris can be used as a poultice, tea, and even injection; the latter for gravel disease and strangury. It can also treat broken bones, swelling, painful stomach congestion, and wounds. Drank as tea and owing to its tannin and mucilage content, it makes an excellent diuretic and soothes the digestive system and constipation.
🡆DO NOT TAKE the Malva sylvestris together with other medications, as the high content of mucilage will interfere with the medications.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!