LifestyleMallow plant: The hidden health gem among common weeds

Mallow plant: The hidden health gem among common weeds

Malva neglecta, also known as neglected mallow.
Malva neglecta, also known as neglected mallow.
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20 June 2024 20:02

At first glance, it looks like a common weed. You can find it everywhere, as it grows in gardens, fields, meadows, and pastures. Don't be fooled by appearances—this plant has significant health benefits. Use it to prepare an infusion that relieves bloating and stomach pain.

Called God’s bread, also known as Baby Jaga’s bread or button herb, it is actually a mallow plant. While it may look like a weed, upon closer inspection, you can see tiny flowers that resemble hollyhocks.

You can find it in gardens, forests, fields, or pastures. Due to its numerous health properties, it was once widely used in herbal medicine. Use it to prepare an infusion that helps speed up weight loss and alleviate stomach pain.

It's treated like a weed but hides valuable health properties

God’s bread is a plant from the mallow family. Initially, it was cultivated in what is now Iran and Turkey, but it quickly spread worldwide. It’s straightforward to grow and requires minimal soil.

It has antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and soothing properties. It supports the proper functioning of the digestive and immune systems. It alleviates stomach flu, influenza, and colds. It can be used both internally and externally. A tonic made from mallow is effective for those dealing with acne or excessive sebum production.

Pick and pour boiling water over it. get rid of stomach pain

An infusion of God’s bread can be treated like a dietary supplement. Regular consumption protects against colds and flu, accelerates weight loss, and reduces bloating, helping to flatten the stomach.

If you want to include it in your daily diet, go to a meadow or field away from the road. Gather the flowers and stems. Rinse them under running water, dry them, and chop them as finely as possible. Dry them in the sun and transfer them to a clean jar. How to prepare a mallow infusion? Take a cup, add a tablespoon of dried mallow, pour in boiling water, and cover with a plate to infuse. Drink it once it cools down.

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