Mallow - Malwa - Ślaz dziki
The leaves and flower buds contain mucus, tannins, flavonoids, essential oil, vitamin C and other substances. The anthocyanin glycoside malvin, a naturally occurring chemical, is only found in the flowers.
Malva sylvestris is used traditionally as an herbal remedy for asthma,bronchitis, coughing, throat infections and emphysema. It is also used to treat wounds or inflammation of the mucous membrane in the mouth, throat, stomach and intestines.
Common mallow has many similar health uses as marshmallow (Althaea officinalis).
Common mallow is a popular herb to treat respiratory problems since it has healing properties that may help the mucosa of the upper respiratory tract. The herb contains a lot of mucous substances that cover the inflamed tissue with a protective layer.
A tea made from the leaves or flowers may be used as a remedy for cough, catarrh and hoarseness. The flowers and leaves should be allowed to soak for a few hours in lukewarm water before use. To preserve the medical properties of the plant, it should not be boiled.
Today, the dried flowers and extracts are used in many commercial tea blends and over-the-counter medication intended as a relief for coughs.
Tea made from the herb is said to help nursing mothers to produce more milk.
Malva sylvestris has also its uses as a source of food. The seeds taste similar to young hazel nuts and they can easily be included in green salads along with the leaves and flowers. The use of common mallow in the kitchen is mostly forgotten but it definitely deserves to make a comeback.
Ślaz dziki – właściwości lecznicze w medycynie ludowej
Wśród najbardziej popularnych i najczęściej wymienianych zalet ślazu dzikiego wymienia się w szczególności:
– nieżytach dróg moczowych,
– w zaparciach,
– chorobie wrzodowej żołądka,
– dysfunkcjach dwunastnicy,
– zaburzeniach trawienia,
– suchym kaszlu,
– trudnościach w odkrztuszaniu,
– łagodne schorzenia nieżytowe gardła i krtani,
– na rany, wrzody,
– do płukania jamy ustnej i gardła,
– w celach irygacyjnych,
– nadżerce itp.