NAME : MALLOW
GAELIC NAME :
LATIN NAME : Malva sylvestris.
COMMON / FOLK NAMES : High
MEDICINAL PART : The Herb.
PLACES OF ORIGIN : Europe
and sparingly in the U.S.
: Waste places
and along Fenches and Roadsides
DESCRIPTION : High mallow is an annual or perennial plant. The tapering,
whitish root produces a round stem, 2 to 3 feet high, with alternate, light green, downy
leaves which are 5 to 7 lobed.
FLOWERING PERIOD : The pink or purple axillary flowers have five narrow petals
and appear from May to October.
PROPERTIES : Astringent
USES : High mallow makes a good demulcent tea for coughs, hoarseness,
bronchitis, inflammation of the larynx and tonsils, and irritation of the respiratory
passages. It can also be taken for laryngitis, emphysema, and lung
catarrh, and for catarrhal gastritis and enteritis. Externally, a decoction can be used to
wash wounds and sores. Make a poultice of the herb to soothe irritations and
inflammations. A warm enema made from the leaves is helpful
for intestinal inflammation.
Preparation : Use the fresh plant only.
GENDER : Feminine.
PLANET : Moon.
ELEMENT : Water.
POWERS : Love
If your love has left you, gather a bouquet of Mallow and place in a vase outside your door
(or in a window). This will cause him or her to think of you, and after that they may
return. Mallow is also carried to attract love.
To make an effective protective magical ointment, steep Mallow leaves and stems in
vegetable shortening, then strain. This ointment rubbed onto the skin casts out demons as
well as protects against the harmful effects
of black magic.