The common mallow is native to western Europe, but has spread to parts of the Mediterranean and north Africa and has been introduced to much of the English-speaking world. The mucosa found in mallow is very valuable for its various medicinal uses and this flower has been used since antiquity. Some of the most striking health benefits mallow offers may include its ability to accelerate wound healing, protect against infection, reduce inflammation, reduce signs of aging, improve respiratory health, optimize digestive functions, improve sleep and treat headaches.
One of the common uses of mallow may be as a painkiller, especially in topical applications. If you have been hit or injured in some way on your skin, you can apply mallow as a patch to the affected area. Not only could the chemicals from the leaves help speed up healing because of their rich vitamin content, but they can also offer certain analgesic properties in the area, reducing pain and suffering.
This analgesic capacity of the common mallow can be used in many ways throughout the body, both internally and externally. This also makes it a popular application in face masks or local headache treatments. Mallow can also boost the immune system by preventing bacterial infections and other foreign agents from affecting the body. If you have experienced any insect bites, large bruises, sunburns or rashes on your skin, a gel or poultice of mallow can be very effective in reducing inflammation and edema, while at the same time potentially stimulating faster healing. If you suffer from any chest congestion or a respiratory condition, then using mallow is an excellent idea.
Not only can it increase the decongestion of the body, which can cleanse the respiratory tracts, but it can also soothe the throat and glands due to its anti-inflammatory properties, while promoting healing and faster recovery.
For those people suffering from a plethora of intestinal diseases, with some of the dried flowers as tea, you can create a mild laxative drink that can regulate your digestive system and relieve any pressure on this organ system. Drinking a relaxing cup of mallow tea can help you relax your mind and body, allowing you to get carried away in a relaxing, restful sleep.
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