Blue Mallow Flowers (Malva sylvestris)
The blue mallow (Malva sylvestris) grows between 18 to 36 inches in height.
It is a strong, hardy plant, often found growing on wasteland.
It has been used as a medicinal plant since Roman times. In the 16th century, it was known as a 'cure-all' or omnimorbia. The flowers were used fresh in compresses or dried for infusions and extracts.
You can eat its leaves and shoots in salads or vegetable dishes.
Blue mallow flowers are said to be gently astringent. They can reduce inflammation, red skin and they have a mucilaginous quality.
We use the dried flowers and mix them into products.