Mallow infusion

Infusion of mallow

To obtain the mallow infusion, boil half a liter of water in a saucepan. Then add about 20 grams of dried mallow easily purchased in herbal medicine and leave to infuse for 7 minutes. To eliminate all the residues of leaves, filter with a colander. Leave to cool and drink. The mallow infusion has a purplish color due to the flowers that tends to disappear when sugar or honey is added to sweeten. The taste is very pleasant. For a specific infusion against seasonal ailments such as cough, fever and cold, just add 3 tablespoons of leaves and flowers to a cup of boiling water and leave to infuse for 10 minutes.

Other uses of mallow

By combining mallow with other natural products it is possible to obtain even more effective infusions. By adding 3 drops of thyme essential oil and 1 tablespoon of baking soda you will be able to find relief from cough, and with the same ingredients you can also make a fumigation to free the respiratory tract from mucus and phlegm. In case of persistent constipation, the infusion with a teaspoon of flaxseed can be taken every morning for about a week. Mallow has a powerful soothing action, which is why the infusion can become an effective lotion against acne and skin irritations. The important thing is to take care to keep it in the fridge. Mallow sprouts can be used in the kitchen both cooked and raw, and are also highly appreciated by chefs for the preparation of deliciously flavored risottos and soups.

Mallow plant

Mallow is a very common plant in tropical and sub tropical areas in large bushes. It is characterized by an erect stem and leaves covered with hair. The flowers have a color that tends to purple and have the particularity of following the movement of the sun like sunflowers. Mallow bushes can be up to 1 meter tall. To be used in phytotherapy, the flowers must be collected at the beginning of flowering, then they must be placed in the dark for a short time to allow drying. Mallow is very simple to grow and to make the most of all its beneficial properties it is grown industrially. Before buying the dried flowers and leaves it is advisable to make sure of its origin and the organic and pesticide-free cultivation.

Mallow Infusion: Mallow Side Effects

Fortunately, no side effects have yet been found due to the incorrect intake of mallow infusions. However, it is advisable not to overdo the recommended doses and to consult your doctor in case you experience strange symptoms. Compared to many other herbs, its consumption is recommended during pregnancy as it counteracts constipation and water retention and for children who have coughs. It is preferable to buy the flowers in herbal medicine and not to rely on DIY as the drying procedure is rather insidious. Another peculiarity of mallow leaves and flowers is that if not picked at the right time they tend not to have all the extraordinary beneficial properties and to lose part of its essential principles such as potassium, flavonoids, carotene, and even vitamins B1, B2 and C .

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