'Mallow was used by the family as a cure for cuts. An uncle whilst in Australia was bitten by a snake (species unknown!) and swore he had recovered through using mallow on it, whilst a cousin who jumped onto an upturned nail with the wound turning bad was nursed by my grandfather with mallow on the wound, which healed beautifully.'
Pershore, Worcestershire, 1991
Alicante, Spain, 1991
Mallow is recorded as being used to treat bruises, 'bladder complaints', sores and sprains. Unripe seeds, known as 'bread and cheese', are widely eaten by children. Practitioners of herbal medicine prefer to use the mallow's close relative the marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) to treat many ailments, but they consider mallow to be better as a laxative.