Other Names: Ebe Gümeci, Ebegömeci, Kazankarası, Malva sylvestris
Botanical Information: The general name of about 1500 species of plants of the same genus in the Mallow family is mallow. They are biennial or perennial herbaceous plants. 8 species of hibiscus grow in our country. The most important of these is the large mallow (M. sylvestris) species. 20-30cm. The leaves of this species, which can range in size, are round-shaped, toothed on the edges, long-stalked, hairy, alternately arranged, with 3-7 parts and palm-like veins. Its pink, purple-striped flowers, which bloom throughout summer and early autumn, emerge from the axils of the leaves. Its fruits are in the form of dry seeds that are divided into 10 pieces and do not open when ripe. The plant reproduces with the seeds it sheds.
Known Composition: The leaves of hibiscus are largely sticky plant liquid; Astringent / antisecretory by astringent of organic tissues, expectorant / expectorant, emollient, diuretic / diuretic, sedative / tranquilizer. Its leaves and stems are slightly fragrant and have a bland flavor. In some places it is eaten as a vegetable.
It is rich in protein and vitamin C. Due to the malvin and malvidin it contains, it has anti-plaque properties for the gums and an excellent pro-oxidant feature against bacteria in the mouth. Mouthwashes are good for pharyngitis and chronic tonsillitis. It provides softness as it contains 10 – 15% laxative substances in its composition.
The poultice prepared from fresh leaves is used to relieve the pain of boils and wounds.
It is useful in phlegm collection in the lungs, cough and bronchitis, hoarseness, and emphysema.
Baths are very useful for swollen feet and swelling caused by fractures and dislocations.
Tea and dressing are good for those suffering from dry eyes.
Tea: 2 teaspoons of chopped flowers, leaves and the whole plant are brewed in 250 ml of cold water, stirring occasionally, for 8 – 10 hours and then filtered. It is warmed before drinking and drunk hot.
Poultice: Fresh leaves or the whole plant are crushed in a bowl, heated quickly with a little water and applied to the sick area at a temperature that will not burn the body.
Bath: Soak 10 g of flowers or the whole plant in 1 liter of water for 8 hours and filter.