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Common Mallow (Scientific name)

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Common Mallow is one of the more common plants seen in urban settings. It will grow in just about any environment from low valleys to high mountains. It offers a pretty good sized tap root that can be used for food, cheese rennet and medicine. The entire plant is edible from flower to root. The seed pods can be added to soup as a thickener when green and the root can be used as natures rennet to help in making cheese. The plant is sometimes used as a natural itch relief from insect bites.

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Desert Globe Mallow

Common Mallow

Common Mallow in my garden


Wild medicinal plants for insect bites

I recently enjoyed a trip up to the high Uintas in northern Utah. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes enjoyed me while on the trip. I did not think about the remedies around me at the time and in fact did not know about one all over the ground while there (common plantain) but now that I am home and starting to feel the effects of the bites I decided to research it because I know there are remedies out in my back yard. I found a great bit of info from a site that talked about wild plants and mosquito bites and so I tried some. I knew of globe mallow and so tried some of that which I found out in my garden. I did not think about common mallow however and had forgotten about the benefits of yellow dock.
Since the bites woke me up around 3am I decided to test some out and see how well they worked. I applied a chewed poultice of common mallow (from my garden) to the bites on my leg and arm from one side of my body and a poultice of yellow dock leaves (from my garden) to the other arm and leg. For the most part the itching has receded and I'll be going back to bed after updating a few pages with this information.