Mallow has been used as food and health in Europe since the time of ancient Greece and Rome. Traditional herbal health continues to regard the plant as a useful anti-inflammatory agent for the respiratory tract, the skin, and the gastrointestinal tract. The esteemed German physician and herbal authority, Rudolf Weiss, MD, recommended mallow primarily for irritations of the mouth and throat, and for dry, irritating coughs. He also mentions its use topically for mild cases of eczema.
Like its close relative marshmallow (Althea officinalis), mallow leaves and flowers contain high amounts of mucilage. Mucilage, made up of complex carbohydrates, gives mallow most of its soothing activity, though flavonoids and anthocyanidins may also contribute. In herbal health, mallow is classified as a demulcent-a soothing agent that counters irritation and mild inflammation. Both mallow leaf and flower preparations are approved by the German Commission E for support of sore throats and dry coughs. Mallow is typically used as a tea or gargle for these indications.
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Stir 1/4 of a teaspoon into a glass of water and consume 3 times daily, with meals.
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