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Common Mallow
 
Common Mallow is one plant that I did not see right away this year in my garden. I noticed it in a neighbors yard and longed to see it in my own environment. I finally spotted some growing in my garden and have since found it in a couple areas of the garden and thank goodness! It is a rather tasteless plant with somewhat hairy leaves but it is a good medicinal for insect bites which I recently contracted. Now, had I been thinking I could have prevented the insect bites altogether for myself and my family but I was more interested in the research and fishing at the time. 
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I actually did not know about the medicinal benefits of Common Plantain until tonight after the trip so in a way I am grateful for the "trial" of the bites as it forced me to research more. I was not aware of the benefits of the plantain plant that was so plentiful in the mountains but I do have the common Mallow in my garden and so was able to make a poultice from that. 
 

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.