Herbs Guide

Marsh Mallow

Family Name: Malvaceae

Botanical Name(s): Althaea officinalis

Popular Name(s): Mallards, Mauls, Mortification Koot

Parts Used: The leaves, root and flowers

Habitat: Marsh Mallow is widely found in many countries of Europe.

Description: Marsh mallow is a perennial plant and grows to a height of 3-4 ft. The roots are thick and long. The plant has round, velvety leaves that are 2-3 inch (5-7.5 cm) long and about 1 1/4 inch broad. The flowers are shaped like those of the common Mallow and have pale pink or white colours.

Uses: Marsh mallow has demulcent and emollient properties. It is used in the inflammation and irritation of the alimentary canal and in the urinary and respiratory organs. Decoction of the plant is used in painful complaints of the urinary organs and it exerts a relaxing effect upon the passages. It cures bruises, sprains or any ache in the muscles.