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The healing power of malva, marfa or lippia alba

  1. Malva is a one meter high shrub with a strong lemon scent. This plant, which is related to the verbenaceae, has angular stems and purple or white flowers. The flowers or the leaves are not only used medicinally; it is also a nice tea or an herb to give bath water a nice fragrance. It grows in Suriname along roads, river banks, building land and savannas. It occurs throughout tropical South America. Because the leaves smell nice of lemon, a marva tea is very popular in Suriname. Marfa is a medicinal herb that is still used in Suriname, among others, by the Indians and Maroons as a traditional medicinal herb. It has healing power for various diseases such as kidney stones, jaundice, high blood pressure, stomach pain and fever.


  1. Malva in the kitchen Naming malva Ritual baths of malva Marfa purifies the blood Marfa and childbirth Marfa in weight loss Marfa and high blood pressure Marva for flu and colds Other medicinal effects marva Ingredients malva Additional Uses

Malva in the kitchen

  1. Malva is an herb that can be used in cooking. The taste of marfa is most like that of oregano. It is an excellent addition to a pasta recipe. Malva tea is made by adding a teaspoon of herb to half a liter of boiling water. The herb is not boiled; it just needs to be sprinkled on the boiled water. This is also possible if the water is already in the cup.

Naming malva

  1. The Latin name of malva is Lippia Alba. Lippi means 'sick' and alba means 'white'. When the patient sees white, this herb is used. In Suriname it has the following names: blakatikimenti, marfa, bobi fyofyo, linzo pau, piepië pau, podina and soldier tea. Blakatikimenti means 'black coin'. The word 'malva' actually means woolly herb, because the leaves feel woolly.

Ritual baths of malva

  1. Malva tea is drunk in Suriname during ancestral rituals. The plant is rich in essential oils and is therefore often used in herbal baths with a ritual purpose. A bath containing malva keeps the spirits at rest. The Surinamer distinguishes forest spirits, water spirits, snake spirits and Indian spirits. It is also possible that the spirit is honored with the use of malva in the bath water. During New Year's Eve, a Surinamese can take a bath with malva to purify themselves spiritually. There are also special herbal baths to promote happiness, love and well-being.

Marfa purifies the blood

  1. Marfa has a blood purifying property. When you have used a lot of medicines, marva can drive the harmful substances out of the body faster. This is mainly due to the urinary driving effect. You can make a type of marva tea by mixing a teaspoon of this herb in half a liter of water.

Marfa and delivery

  1. After giving birth, a Surinamese woman can choose to use a steam bath twice a day with marfa, jamun leaf, yarakopi, tajerknol, malëmbelëmbé, anise leaf, cashew bark and mango leaf. In this way, the internal organs of the woman who have just given birth are put in place and she gets a nice flat stomach again. The child is given a little of this infusion to drink to treat a fever. Babies can be rubbed with marva leaves to prevent fever.

Marfa in weight loss

  1. Marfa breaks down fat in the body and expels urine. It also has a laxative effect. Due to these medicinal properties, marfa can be used in a diet aimed at weight loss. You can use Marfa simply by adding it to the food. You can mix it with salad, add it to soup and use in stews.

Marfa and high blood pressure

  1. Marfa can be used for high blood pressure, just like many other diuretics. How does that work? There is fluid in the blood that retains waste products. When there is less waste in the blood, the total fluid balance that contains these waste products will be reduced. Because marfa stimulates the kidneys, more waste products are passed out. As a result, it is no longer necessary for the body to retain the waste products in the blood. In this way marva relieves high blood pressure.

Marva with flu and cold

  1. Flu and colds are often accompanied by fever and headache. Marva tea is drunk in Suriname for flu, cold and fever. Sometimes the leaves are pounded and steeped in alcohol, after which the sick person is rubbed with them. To combat the fever, one can alternate a tea of ​​marva with lemon grass tea. Lemongrass, monkimon sugar and marva tea is also brewed to fight fever. In case of a bad cold, the leaves can be mixed with kunami and lime weed; that also helps with fever and urinary tract infections. When someone has a headache, a remedy is to apply a decoction of marva on the head.

Other medicinal effects marva

  1. With anemia, one drinks a handful of marva leaves together with an infusion of the leaves of the lokus bark. When you suffer from diarrhea, it is a Surinamese traditional medicine to mix marva, tortoise leaf and cloves in a tea. Since it is an anti-infective agent and it is a strong antioxidant, it slows the growth of cancer cells. Science has confirmed that marfa fights the spread of cancer, prevents tumors, as it fights dermatophytes, it is a remedy against skin fungus, nail fungus and parasitic diseases on the hair. Brazilian scientific research shows that malva is an ideal remedy for people with migraines. Another Brazilian study shows that malva works well in anxiety disorders.

Ingredients malva

  1. Many of the effects of malva have been confirmed by science. The plant has been extensively researched and it has been established that it has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiparasitic properties. There are flavonoids, iridoids, essential oils such as citral, terpenoids such as carvone, geraniol, limonene and perillyl alcohol.

Other Usage Applications

  1. In addition to the above mentioned medicinal properties, marva also has healing power at:

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