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Mallow herbal tea
The mallow is a plant belonging to the species of the "Malvaceae" whose use was frequent since ancient times. Its scientific name is "Malva Silvestris L." and is well known and widespread throughout Europe, especially in the Mediterranean and coastal areas. It is a herbaceous plant with a characteristic appearance, for which it is very difficult to confuse it: the stem is straight, hairy and branched, while the flowers are of an unmistakable lilac which tends slightly to pink; flowering begins in spring and lasts until the end of summer. Its pleasant appearance also hides remarkable beneficial properties exploited centuries ago and then tested and proven by modern science. To enjoy these properties are in particular the mallow flowers, especially the younger ones, harvested in spring, from April to June. They are also very beautiful for decorating environments, but they do not last long, as they become wrinkled and lose color. Mallow flowers must be dried in cool, dry and above all, because with light they tend to fade. Among the innumerable properties that make it precious there are its power calmed down and the laxative effect.
The mallow herbal tea
Preparing a tea of homemade mallow does not present any difficulty: just get a bag of dried mallow in any herbal medicine. For a cup of herbal tea you need only a tablespoon of dried mallow to chop thoroughly and put in a pan full of water; then the mallow should be left to macerate for about twenty minutes. Subsequently the saucepan must be put on the fire and brought to the boil; when it boils it can be extinguished and left to rest again, so that, as it warms up, the herbal tea absorbs all the beneficial properties of the mallow even better. The last operation to be performed is the filtering by means of a sieve, which will allow to "clean up" the herbal tea from the remaining slag of flowers. Because the taste is not exactly sweet, you can add brown sugar or a teaspoon of honey.
The beneficial effects of the mallow herbal tea
The mallow herbal tea has very different beneficial effects, which all derive from its ability to act directly on the soft tissues, increasing perceived wellbeing and treating those diseases that affect these tissues. The mallow herbal tea is indicated especially in cases of sore throat, since it purifies the oral cavity and effectively counteracts any viruses present. Not only: bowel and urinary tract also benefit from the purifying activity of mallow flowers; the mallow, in fact, is also indicated in the case of particularly aggressive gastrointestinal viruses or infections that affect the urinary tract, such as cystitis and its recurrences. Mallow is also effective for soothing rectal inflammation and in particular for mitigating the problems caused by hemorrhoids. Its remarkable anti-inflammatory properties are known and exploited since ancient times and are well suited to cure any type of inflammation in any part of the body. This herb will carry out a triple action: if on the one hand it will counteract the infection, on the other hand it will contribute effectively to relieve pain, making it more bearable. Mallow is also an excellent natural sedative that releases tension and promotes the onset of a feeling of well-being. The sense of relaxation caused by this herbal tea increases if we consider that at the same time the mallow acts on the cells stimulating and favoring their regeneration, so as to prolong youth and not only. The constant replacement of cells, in fact, is also very important because it reduces the risk that some cancerous cells develop between these cells, those that multiply provoke the onset of tumors, even deadly. Finally, the mallow herbal tea helps digest and facilitate the bowel in its functions, preventing any disorders. It is useful in resolving sporadic episodes of constipation, while to prevent constipation and promote intestinal regularity it is necessary to take regularly - at least for a week - herbal tea or mallow decoction. Applied to the eyes using sterile gauze soaked in decoction, the mallow is an effective remedy against conjunctivitis due to allergy or cooling. Used diluted with other water, the mallow tea is excellent for natural vaginal lavages that strengthen the immune system and prevent infections such as candida. In mallow, therefore, there is a double function: on the one hand curative, on the other the preventive one, not to be underestimated if you suffer from congenital pathologies (for example gastritis or lazy intestine) or seasonal ailments.
Herbal tea mallow: Posology and risks
Before taking phytotherapy preparations based on mallow or home-made herbal teas, it is good to consult with your doctor or an experienced herbalist. Mallow has no toxic effects and is one of the safest herbs, however it is better not to overdo it and limit yourself to taking the recommended doses, which generally consist of a maximum of two herbal teas a day to be taken after meals. To have a preventive value, the intake should continue for at least two weeks.