The plant is also known as Chinese Mallow, and it comes from the family Malvaceae.
The Malva seed contains mucilage, polysaccharides and flavonoids. It is demulcent, (soothes and softens irritated tissues, especially the mucus membranes) diuretic, emollient, (softens the skin) galactogogue (increases milk flow in nursing mothers), and gentle stimulation of the bowels. The seeds are used in Tibetan medicine, where they are considered to have a sweet and astringent taste plus a healing potency. They are used in the treatment of renal disorders, the retention of fluids, frequent thirst and diarrhea.
The weedy Malva Leaf has been used interchangeably for food, tea and medicine for thousands of years, favored by the Aztecs.
Malva has been used for
- Cutaneous Diseases
- Inflamed Hemorrhoids
- Inflammation of the Cervix
- Intestinal Infections
- Leucorrhea or White Discharge
- Pleurisy (Inflammation of the membrane that covers the lungs)
- Soften Tumors and Abscess