Growing wild, it abounds throughout most of the Mediterranean in spring. It has soothing, emollient properties and helps bowel movement. It soothes coughs and irritations of the mucous membranes. It helps detoxify the body with its laxative action, and relieves tired feet in the form of a decoction added to a foot bath.
Nature has provided the medicine that, if rubbed on the skin, soothes the causticity of the nettle, i.e. the mallow (Malva sylvestris), which usually grows very close to the nettle.
Hippocrates valued it a lot and made poultices with it, to deal with inflammation, edema and gynecological problems. Its healing effect is also effective on skin diseases and insect bites. It is eaten tender with eggs, in dolmas, salads and pies. Dried, it becomes tea.
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