Mauve, the name recalls a color, but above all one of natural remedies most appreciated and known, both because it is "comfortable" and because it is very effective for very common problems. Like those at respiratory tract or throat inflammation, or constipation.
Mallow: the plant
There plant it is characterized by lilac flowers, the element that is most noticeable at a glance. In truth they are of extreme importance for the function of natural remedy that it performs, its mucilages. They also make up 15% of the composition, they are rather unpleasant compared to the flower, of course, but their being a viscous substance, remotely similar to glue, is very useful, then we will see how.
There Mauve it is a very widespread plant both in Europe and in temperate Asia, it is from these areas that he arrives and frequents the meadows and uncultivated places of the plains.
The scientific name of this plant sounds like this - M. sylvestris - and belongs to the Malvaceae family, in Italy it is found everywhere, even close to cities. The name Mauve comes from the Latin and means soft, because it is a plant capable of softening. This peculiarity is also to be explored by discovering the benefits of herbal teas and infusions based on M.
This plant has a strong soothing, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory power, in particular the flowers are the part rich in elements with these actions, such as mineral salts, calcium oxalate, potassium and vitamins of various groups, including A, B and C.
As mentioned, with a little suspense, the soothing power is above all that of mucilage: gluey as described, they are able to build a sort of membrane around or over the tissues so that they are not penetrated by bacteria and other irritants. In this way M. acts as a barrier, protects the irritated area and thus accelerates healing. It also prevents the same infection from spreading.
In case of sore throats and colds, or other similar symptoms typical of flu states, Mallow is perfect: it helps reduce swelling of the tonsils, calms the cough and unblock a "stuffy" nose. And we must always say thanks to the mucilage, the best way to treat yourself with M. in these cases is to prepare a 'filtered infusion both of the flower and of the stem, sipping it two or three times a day until we feel much better.
You can use i powers of Mallow even without drinking it, for "external annoyances" that require compresses. I am referring, for example, to hives, styes, dermatitis, burns, also due to the sun. Just boil the stem and leaves and dip a cloth in the liquid and then use it as a swab on the skin. Not too hot, otherwise the burn is created rather than healed. For the compresses, there is no limit, you can do it as long as you have time, desire and Mauve available.
Mallow: purifying herbal tea
One of the most appreciated properties of M. is that laxative, always thanks to the mucilage. This natural "glue" is in fact also capable of making the stools blocked in the colon softer so that they can be expelled more easily and serenely.
In addition to being an excellent tip for those suffering from constipation, this note is a warning for those who use Mallow for other reasons: it must be taken into account that if you ingest it it also has an effect on our intestine. By treating a sore throat, we cannot forget its power by drinking 10 mallow herbal teas a day because, whether we want it or not, they are also purifying herbal teas.
If instead we are among the cases of irritable bowel syndrome, or of general constipation, a cup of infusion two or three times a day, in conjunction with the main meals, can be a natural salvation, or at least an excellent help. It also is for gastritis and gastroesophageal reflux.
Color Mauve it is a shade also known separately from the plant that gives it its name. It tends to pale purple, it's a color between lilac and lavender, one of the many shades of purple, there are among other things some sub-categories including Light mauve, opera, mole. It is more of a gray or blue color than magenta, so much so that there are many wildflowers commonly described as "some beautiful blue flowers ", which instead are exactly mauve.
The Mallow flower it is obviously of the homonymous color, small in size and united with other similar ones to form an explosion of inflorescence in one of the leaves. It appears in April and remains until October, with bilobed petals.
The flowers then leave room for the fruit, a round polyacene, there are always the leaves, with their palminervia shape, formed by 5 or 7 lobes with an irregularly serrated margin. The whole plant, of the mauve, in general it can reach a maximum of 80 cm but it's usually around 50-60.
Mallow in pregnancy
Given the properties of this plant, it is easy to understand how much sought and loved by who it is pregnant. His emollient and soothing, anti-inflammatory, laxative powers and, last but not least, expectorants, they meet the needs of those who are expecting a child and choose to opt for natural remedies.
Prepared with dried leaves and flowers of M. silvestris, you get one pretty quickly pleasant herbal tea with no particular contraindications.
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