Mallow is a medicinal plant with therapeutic effects widely used in herbal treatments. The herbaceous is grown in different regions of the country and can be consumed in the form of teas. The types of mallow vary in color, leaf size, roots and actions in the human body, with the species Malva sylvestris being the most famous and consumed among the public. But do you know its health benefits?
After all, what is the mallow for?
It is no wonder that mallow is used as a medicinal herb: its anti-inflammatory effects are very relevant for the treatment of infections of the respiratory, digestive and nervous systems due to the calming, healing, expectorant and laxative properties of the leaves. Herbs from the Malvaceae family have assets such as tannin, an antioxidant compound; mucilage, regulating intestinal flow; and vitamins A, B1, B2, C and E.
Among hundreds of types of mallow, some species have therapeutic functions
Among the 765 species belonging to the Malvaceae family, we selected 3 types of mallow and the therapeutic indications for each one. The species are effective against inflammation in general, but they also have other actions in the body that differentiate them from each other. Understanding the specifics of each is essential for herbs to be used properly.
Garden mallow (Malva sylvestris)
Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antioxidant compounds are found in the leaves of mallow. The consumption of the herb helps to reduce toothache, stomach, throat and ear. It also treats and prevents cases of urinary tract infection, cystitis, gingivitis and flu.
Holy mallow (Malva parviflora)
The hollyhock has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antifungal actions. The use of this species helps to prevent diseases such as arteriosclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. The homemade cultivation of this plant must be careful, because if it has yellow spots on the leaves, it can be considered poisonous.
White mallow (Sida cordifolia L.)
White mallow has anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and antioxidant activities, being well used in the treatment of urinary tract infections and colic. It also prevents constipation and constipation due to its laxative effect. Ideally, it should not be consumed with caffeinated drinks, food or medicines by people who have heart disease, pregnant women and lactating women.
Mallow consumption can be done through your tea
Herbs can be prepared as tea to be ingested or inhaled (through steam). To prepare the drink it is necessary to have dried mallow leaves and let them soak in 180 mL of boiling water for 3 minutes or until it becomes warmer.
It is also possible to use the sheets for a localized treatment of wounds. In this case, just grind the plant and apply directly to the affected area.
Mallow tea relieves cold symptoms, such as runny nose, cough and sore throat, in addition to promoting significant treatment against chronic lung diseases such as bronchitis and asthma. The application of the herb on the skin has healing and analgesic impacts, which helps to reduce itching and swelling caused by mosquito bites and other wounds.