Mallow leaves are demulcent, meaning that they contain mild pain killing properties and form a protective layer over wounds, insect bites and bruises.
The root of Althaea Officinalis ( harvested in autumn) is most helpful for the overall health of skin & hair. It's properties include: Demulcent, expectorant, diuretic, & wound healing.
For hair it soothes dry scalp, nourishes the hair, promotes hair growth & provides natural shine to dull hair follicles.
The flowers when infused in oil (jojoba preferably) minimizes hair fall and fastens hair growth. Mucilage present in the oil helps to regulate and destroy bacteria and other contaminates present on the scalp and helps to reduce itchy scalp.
Althaea contains compounds which soften and add volume to thin and/or damaged hair.
All members of the mallow family have similar properties with hollhocks and common mallow occasionally used medicinally as well.
Science studies on Malva Sylvestris have shown efficacy for: Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidative and wound healing properties.
Malva sylvestris prefers moist woodland or partially shaded areas.