The small leaved Mallow grows on old walls, near paths and on waste ground, always in the neighbourhood of human habitation. Should it be found far from it, it indicates that once a house stood there. The large leaved Mallow - Malva grandifolia - and other varieties are mostly found growing in flower and vegetable gardens. Both plants contain mucilage and tannin in leaves, flowers and stems. The small leaved Mallow is somewhat creeping and slightly woody near the root stock. It has long-stemmed, round toothed leaves and small purple to pale pink flowers. The roundish fruit is called popularly "cheeses". Most country children will have eaten - and played with these "cheeses". The flowers, leaves and stems are gathered from June to September. Since, through drying, mucilage is lost, it is best to use Mallow as fresh as possible. In our time the Mallow which grows mainly by farmhouses, is disappearing more and more. In an attempt to keep moisture and dirt away from the house and to give the outside a nice appearance, a cement strip or a gutter is often laid around the house. Thus the Mallow is prevented from growing in its ancestral location. In this way Man's great helper disappears.
Infusion: Only cold infusions! A heaped teaspoon of herbs per 1/4 liter of water is soaked overnight, slightly warmed in the morning.
Foot and hand baths: A heaped double handful of Mallow soaked in a 5 liter container of cold water overnight. The next day it is warmed so that hands and feet can stand it. Bathe for 20 minutes. It can be used twice more.
Poultice: The residue of the tea preparation is slightly warmed in some water, mixed with barley flour, spread on a piece of linen and applied warm.