Mallow (Malva sylvestris) is a plant native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia. It grows wild in fields. The flower and leaf are used as medicine.

Mallow flower contains a mucus-like substance that protects and soothes the throat and mouth.

People use mallow for constipation, mouth and throat irritation, dry cough, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Don't confuse mallow with Chinese mallow, marshmallow, or Sida cordifolia. These are not the same.
When taken by mouth: Mallow flower extract is possibly safe when used for up to 4 weeks. It might cause stomach problems such as nausea, diarrhea, and indigestion in some people.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if mallow is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Children: Mallow cream is possibly safe when applied to the skin for up to 4 weeks. There isn't enough reliable information to know if mallow is safe for children when taken by mouth.


There is interest in using mallow for a number of purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
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Dosing & administration

Traditionally, mallow has been used by adults as a tea prepared by steeping dried flowers or dried leaves. Speak with a healthcare provider to find out what dose might be best for a specific condition.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if Mallow interacts with any medicines. Before taking Mallow, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods. has licensed monographs from TRC Healthcare.
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