Lookee, here’s my mysterious Pink Mallow. I know that if I look through enough field guides I WILL find it but I haven’t had a chance to really dig for it just yet. So if you know what it is, please tell me!
It’s a bumper crop for all the Mallows this fall, and the Medicine Lodge is packed from door to door with drying Globemallow leaves and roots. These juicy little bits play an integral part in my daily infusion. I’m on a quest to effectively re-hydrate my whole body and Mallow is a prime ally in this endeavor. The leaves are really quite mild tasting and make an excellent addition to any infusion. The roots are stronger tasting, but are still good if you dilute the infusion down by half or more and drink throughout the day like water.
I also mix Mallow root powder into a sweet paste with raw honey and some Cardamom to eat whenever my belly is burning or feeling overheated, it tastes a bit weird, but works really well. Malllows are slow but sure healers that can heal previously considered unhealable wounds (in the gut, on the skin etc) when used over a long period of time.
I also use Mallow oil in lots of my salves for extra moisturizing healing. I even tincture my Mallows though many people don’t because the mucilage likes to precipitate out and turn everything into a gooey separated mess, to avoid this make use a low proof alcohol for your tincture. I make fresh leaf tincture for UTIs and lung problems, and a root or whole plant tincture for the instant cool down effect it provides. Mixed with a bit of Peach, it’s perfect for people who are irritated and anxious because of internal/external over heating.
A paste made of Mallow root powder, Aloe gel and a bit of diluted Rose petal vinegar can do amazing things for burns and irritated, angry looking rashes. If you don’t have the Rose vinegar you can also use a drop or two of Rose otto or a small amount of diluted Rose petal tincture.
I did a longer post on Mallows as Yin tonics a while back, you can find it here.