Where does the Mallow come from ?
Native to Asia and the Mediterranean Basin, Malva sylvestris has become a very common species that is easily found in the wild. It is a medicinal biennial herbaceous plant of the Malvaceae family. It is a plant with pink, purple or white flowers. The dried flowers of this small plant very common in almost all Europe contain flavonoids, anthocyanosides and polysaccharides.
What are its properties ?
The medicinal properties of mallow are numerous and have been known since antiquity. It is in fact the presence of mucilage (plant substances, made up of polysaccharides, which swell on contact with water and take on a viscous, sometimes sticky consistency, similar to gelatin) which gives the flowers and leaves their emollient and softening properties.
How to use it ?
It is particularly interesting for the sensitive or irritated skins, because it will allow to calm them while hydrating them. It can be used on the most delicate skins like that of the babies. Concerning its use in the hair, the mallow will also allow to leave the hair more supple and softer.