Mallow property

The numerous properties of mallow

Mallow (Malva spp.) Is an ancient and very widespread plant all over the world. In particular, one of its species, Malva sylvestris, grows spontaneously on the edges of roads, on the edges of hedges and in gardens. Its easy availability makes mallow one of the most used herbs in the herbal field, also thanks to its numerous indications for use. It is a small plant no more than one meter high, with five-lobed leaves with a serrated edge, with purple flowers formed by petals with a characteristic heart-shaped shape. The active ingredients used for health purposes are found essentially in the flowers and, to a lesser extent, in the leaves. It is a herb rich in mucilage, i.e. viscous substances capable of forming a protective barrier against inflammatory compounds.

Mallow in the treatment of respiratory tract diseases

When we are faced with acute inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, it is very useful to use mucilaginous plants as a herbal remedy, which release very useful substances to combat sore throats and, above all, to calm coughs. Mallow extracts must be cold prepared, because only the mucilages need to pass into the water and not the other components of the plant. For this purpose, 1-2 teaspoons of leaves and especially dried mallow flowers should be placed in cold water, leaving it to macerate for a few hours. Alternatively, gargling based on mallow flowers are also useful and, in this case, it is advisable to prepare a decoction this time in hot water. Taking these remedies 2-3 times a day guarantees a rapid resolution of the inflammatory state,

Treatment of dermatitis

Mallow also comes to our aid in the treatment of dermatological diseases, such as dermatitis and eczema. In these cases, the leaves and flowers of mallow will be used for the preparation of special compresses, called poultices, to be applied on the area where there is exudate or inflammation. We proceed as follows: 1-2 tablespoons of dried mallow are boiled in half a liter of water for about 15 minutes; after filtering, it is left to cool. At this point, a linen cloth or gauze cloth is soaked with the cold preparation and the inflamed part is covered for about 10-20 minutes until heated, after which the fabric is soaked with new extract, repeating the application. The treatment can be carried out 3 times a day, for about an hour each. You should never use waterproof fabrics and, in

Mallow Properties: Further properties of mallow

Mallow can also be used successfully in the treatment of diseases affecting the mucous membrane of the mouth, such as stomatitis and gingivitis. Rinsing, gargling and brushing of the mallow decoction on the inflamed and painful mucous membranes could be valid remedies to make these annoying ailments disappear permanently. Even in case of gastric problems, mallow can be used, in the form of a decoction, for its emollient properties. Furthermore, the mucilage released during the preparation of the cold decoction will cover the wall of the gastric mucosa forming a protective layer against inflammatory agents. For these reasons, the decoction of mallow is indicated in case of heartburn, acidity, gastroesophageal reflux and indigestion alone or mixed with antispasmodic plants such as chamomile or mint. Finally, the mallow decoction can also be used as a mechanical laxative, again thanks to the action of the mucilages that increase the volume of the fecal mass, also facilitating its progression along the intestinal tract.

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