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    • Kami McBride

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    • February 9, 2015 in Bloggers

    Eat your healing weeds, like mallow

    PicMonkey-Collage.jpgm_-671x1024Do you know this plant? Have you ever weeded it from your garden and thrown it away?

    Well, those days are over. Meet Mallow, Malva neglecta to be exact. Mallow is the common name. Malva neglecta is the botanical name.

    This is one of the most amazing, healing weeds on the planet.

    From now on, instead of throwing it out, you will gather the seeds and try to get MORE mallow to grow in your garden.

    If you live near a farm, orchard or animal barn you most definitely have seen this weed. It loves disturbed soil and thrives in animal pastures and orchards.

    Harvest the leaves when they are bright green and full of vitality. You can harvest the leaves when they are small and just sprouting up or you can wait until the leaves are at the height of their growth.

    This is one of my favorite vegetable weeds. Chop it up; put it in salads and soups. Use it instead of lettuce on a sandwich. Mix it with kale or chard and steam it. Add it to smoothies and green drinks. Make a tea with it.

    Mallow is full of mucilaginous properties that help to soothe and heal the digestive tract. It helps to heal gastritis, ulcers and any gastrointestinal inflammation. Just add it to your diet on a daily basis for several weeks.

    You don’t have to be sick to enjoy the healing benefits of this plant. It is one of the nutritive, soothing weeds that anyone can benefit from using.

    I love to gather several large leaves, mince them into tiny pieces and sprinkle them over my dinner like you would parsley. Mallow is delicious this way sprinkled on rice, stir fries and just about any savory meal.

    This isn’t a plant that you will find at the market, so you better start cultivating your weed patch!



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