Mallow: for sleepy intestines

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Pliny said: ‘Whosoever shall take a spoonful of the Mallows shall that day be free from all diseases that may come to him.’

Mallow is not a well-known herb, and many underestimate it. However, once you come to know it, you may find yourself slowly appreciating it more and more, until you can’t go without it.

Not only can it be a decorative plant, with its purple-ish flowers, but it can be a fun substitute to lettuce during summer, and its buds and flowers can be used in salads.

The parts used are in fact leaves, root and flowers, so you can’t really waste any of it even trying. It has great demulcent and emollient properties, that make it pretty useful for urinary and respiratory organs. Mallow basically cleans the body, and gets rid of all the bad stuff that might be clogging you, especially if you are not drinking enough water (which let’s be honest: who could ever manage to drink two liters of water a day without excusing yourself to the bathroom every forty seconds?), So what the mallow does is just maximize the work of the amount of water you do actually drink in a day, and helps you get that healthy glow you know you want without having to stress about anything.

Mallow decoction is excellent in painful complaints of the urinary organs, exerting a relaxing effect upon the passages, as well as acting curatively. This decoction is also effective in curing bruises, sprains or any ache in the muscles or sinews. In hemorrhage from the urinary organs and in dysentery, it has been recommended to use the powdered root boiled in milk.

Boiled in wine or milk, Mallow will relieve diseases of the chest, constituting a popular remedy for coughs, bronchitis, whooping-cough, etc., generally in combination with other remedies. It is frequently given in the form of a syrup, which is best adapted to infants and children. I’m not sure about wine, but milk and mallow is in fact a great combination for children.

When I first made mallow tea and I was pouring the hot water over the bag of leaves, I saw the water turn blue for a couple seconds, before becoming reddish and finally brown like a normal tea. I am the type of person that gets excited for everything, but that was seriously the coolest thing, and I have no idea why it happened.

If anyone wants to make me change my mind and explain me that the change of colors was not actually witchcraft but some reasonable, scientific reaction, you’re free to try!


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