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The Healing Power of Great Mallow

  1. Mallow is a beautiful ornamental plant with medicinal characteristics. It is edible; the young leaves can be eaten as a vegetable. The seeds, seed pods and flowers are also eaten; they can be added to salads. Mallow is native to Europe, North Africa and West Asia and was introduced to North America where it has spread across the continent.


  1. Naming mallow Mallow in History Active ingredients mallow Internal and external healing applications Mallow, good for the respiratory tract Mallow, good for the digestive system Mallow, good for mouth and throat Mallow, good for the skin Other medicinal effects Consult the herbalist

Naming mallow

  1. In Latin, this plant is called Malva Sylvestris. In Greek malakos means "soft". That's where the name malva comes from. Sylvestris is Latin for from the forest, of course a reference but the place where Mallow occurs. The word mallow is a nod to the shape of the fruit of this plant; it resembles Gouda cheese. In Dutch

Mallow in history

  1. In Ostra, former East Germany, seeds of mallow from the Ice Age have been found, which suggests that people who lived then already used mallow. The ancient Romans used this plant as a universal panacea, medicine for all ailments. The young sprouts were eaten as a vegetable. Charlemagne planted mallow as an ornamental plant in his imperial garden. In the 16th century it was again used as an all-cure agent by Italians. In folk medicine mallow was seen as a replacement for the healing power of real marshmallows, which in itself contains more mucilage and thus better tackles respiratory diseases.

Active ingredients mallow

  1. The flowers or leaves of mallow are used in medicinal preparations and powders. The flowers contain the following active substances or phytonutrients: various mucilages, various anthocyanins, leucanthocyanins, tannins, flavonoids, essential oils and vitamins

Mallow, good for the respiratory tract

  1. Mallow has a soothing effect on the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract. The inflamed mucous membranes are covered with a protective membrane by mucous substances present in this medicinal herb, which reduces the raw feeling. The irritable or ticklish cough disappears and the mucous membrane gets the rest it needs to recover. Due to these medicinal effects it can be used in phytotherapy

Consult the herbalist

  1. Anyone who wants to use mallow as a medicinal product is recommended to consult a herbalist. Mallow extracts and medicines in the form of mother tinctures, powders, nebulisate, liquid extract and capsules should only be taken on prescription by authorized persons. A doctor or herbalist can inform you about this, as well as about any side effects and interactions with other medicines or herbs. All medicinal effects of this medicinal herb mentioned in this article are based on scientific research and come from Geert Verhelst's Large Handbook of Medicinal Plants, a standard work in the field of healing plants. The book is used in phytotherapy.

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