Delightful and quite stunningly coloured Black Mallow Flowers, are also known as Hollyhock, cheese-cake, cheese-flower, cheese-log, common mallow, ebegumeci, groot kaasjeskruid, high mallow, malva, mallards, mauls, schloss tea, Althea zebrina, and French hollyhock
Black Mallow Flowers – A Spiritual Herb:-
For centuries Black Mallow Flowers (Malvae arboreae) were laid down in front of dwellings or worn as a garland for Mayday/Beltane celebrations in England.
The flower has a long Wiccan association. Culpeper considered this a Venus herb, and wrote of it as “beneficial for love magick, but is also useful in Water magick.”
These flowers do not have a fragrance and are, infact, like almost all black flowers, a deep deep red whenput under a bright light.
Medicinal Uses for Black Mallow Flowers:-
This herb is cooling and demulcent (soothing) and has traditionally been used as a very respectable poultice on the stomach to ease internal aches or against the stings of small insects.
The flowers which have more mucilage than the leaves and are very good mixed with eucalyptus in a sweetened tea for coughs or boiled with some honey to make a gargle for sore throat. It was once considered a remedy for epilepsy (“falling sickness”).
A complex polysaccharide in the herb known as arabinogalactose may have immune-stimulant properties.