Malva is a flowering plant also known as high mallow or common mallow. Its botanical name is Malva sylvestris and it is native to western Europe. Malva spread out of western Europe and can now also be found in the Mediterranean and northern Africa regions.1 2 Malva typically grows naturally in fields or in hedgerows. It grows to 3-4 feet high and is covered in small hairs. It has creeping stems with dark green leaves. Malva produces bright purple flowers and nutlets or seeds commonly referred to as cheeses.1 For medicinal uses, both the flower and the leaves of the malva plant are used. Younger leaves that have not yet been infected by fungi can be used for medicine or for food. High mallow is rich in a mucous or slimy substance that has medicinal benefits. Flowers and parts of the high mallow plant are often used as a natural remedy.2
Malva benefits are well known. Malva uses can be applied for both internal and external conditions. Malava benefits from the leaves include being a natural pain killer with antiseptic and soothing properties that can be used for skin wounds.1 3 Other malva benefits include:1 3
At this time, there are no known malva side effects though there may be possible negative interactions with other drugs. Be sure to consult a qualified naturopathic healthcare provider in order to prevent any possible malva side effects or negative interactions.1 3
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