Mallow Plant Nutrition, Foraging for Wild Edible Malva Leaves

By | February 4, 2015

Learn about wild mallow (Malva sylvestris) and its benefits as a world renowned gastrointestinal and anti-inflammatory herb.

Common malva leaves are demulcent in nature and contain a beneficial mucilaginous polysaccharide that helps to soothe and coat the digestive tract, offering benefits as a mild laxative. Mallow or malva is easy to identify and can be harvested as a wild leafy green for use in green smoothies, salads or soups.

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Additional Sourced Info
Mallows, Family: N.O. Malvaceae:
Leaves, flowers, immature fruits and leafy flowered stems of Malva sylvestris: a comparative study of the nutraceutical potential and composition:
The protective effect of Malva sylvestris on rat kidney:
Ethnobotanical and scientific aspects of Malva sylvestris L.: a millennial herbal medicine:

All information is for educational purposes only and is the personal view of the author; not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or prescription. This information has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to cure or prevent any disease.

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