This plant has been known ever since Antiquity for its medicinal properties and its culinary uses from roots, leaves and flowers.
The stems are erect, 1.2 m high, simple, or putting out only a few lateral branches. The leaves, shortly petioled, are roundish and ovate-cordate. They are soft and velvety on both sides. The flowers are shaped like those of the common Mallow, but are smaller with pale colour.
Soak the seeds in cool water for 48 hours before sowing at temperatures of 18ºC/22ºC.
The roots, leaves and flowers of this Marsh-Mallow can be used in maceration, plasters, ointments, and as herbal tea and syrup. The essential oil extracted has decongestant, diuritic and healing properties. The root can be boiled and eaten as any other vegetable.
Herbal tea of leaves and flowers: 5gr. per cup. Boil it for 10 minutes and drink three cups a day to relieve bronchitis, asthma, cold and pleurisy.
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