Marshmallow

Mallow plant in situ in the Wanderlust caravan, May 2019.

Mallow plant in situ in the Wanderlust caravan, May 2019.

Latin: Althea officinalis L.

Synonyms: Mallards, mortification koot, cheeses.

Botanical Description:

  • Erect downy perennial, with simple or laterally branched stems up to 2m tall.

  • Broad, ovate-cordate leaves 10-20cm long with 3-5 shallow lobes, irregularly toothed margin and palmate veins.

  • Pink flowers with 5 petals up to 3cm in diameter.

Parts used: Root, leaves and flowers.

Constituents:

  • Mucilage, containing various polysaccharides.

  • Flavonoids.

  • Coumarins.

  • Polyphenolic acid.

Actions:

  • Demulcent, emmolient.

  • Expectorant.

Uses:

  • Respiratory and bronchial complaints.

  • Gastric and enteric inflammatory disorders.

  • Urinary tract inflammation in infection.

  • External poultice.

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