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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.

(Malva sylvestris mauritiana)

PROPAGATION: By seed. Biennial.
NEEDS: Full sun to part shade and good soil.
HARVEST: Flowers and leaves.
Flowers: June onward.

The herb is used in fresh form only and in the same manner as marshmallow but is considered inferior in effect.
The demulcent tea has been used for coughs, hoarseness, bronchitis, throat inflammation, irritation of respiratory passages, laryngitis, and emphysema.
Externally, a decoction has been used as a wash for wounds and sores.
A poultice has been used for irritations and inflammations.
A warm enema made from the leaves has been used for intestinal inflammations.
INFUSION = Add 1 to 2 tsp herb to 1/2 C. cold water; let stand 8 hours, then warm to lukewarm (do not boil or steep in hot water).
EXTERNAL USE = Boil 1 Tbsp herb in 1/2 C. water for a short time.

©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH