Information on Mallow

Latin NameMalva sylvestris, M. parviflora; M. spp.
Other NamesCommon mallow
Part UsedHerb
Herb FormsBulk herb.
AffectsDigestive system, Urinary system, Respiratory system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA wild plant with stalked kidney-shaped, scalloped leaves in the Mallow family with prominent veins underneath and small pink and white flowers.
DescriptionA poultice of mallow leaves is applied externally for boils, abscesses, and inflammation. As a decoction, it is taken for laryngitis, bladder infections, and respiratory ailments. The greens are excellent steamed or stir-fried (try them with sesame oil and garlic) as a green vegetable before they are in the fruiting stage.
Traditionally a poultice of the fresh leaves was applied to bites and stings.

Mallow has a taste of SWEET and a temperature of COOL.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Mallow

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Bladder, irritatedsoothing demulcenttea
Boilsanti-inflammatoryfresh leaves externally
Abscessanti-inflammatorytea as a wash


Weiss, R. 1988. Herbal Medicine. Beaconsfield, England: Beaconsfield Publishers.
Wren, R.C. 1988. Potter's New Cyclopaedia of Botanical Drugs. Essex: C.W. Daniel Co. Ltd.