Helpful Plant: Hollyhocks

Before there were pharmacies and pills there were plants. Everything that grows can hurt or heal.

Disclaimer: This post is meant to educate and should not be used in replacement of actual medical advice.

About Hollyhocks Altheae Rosea

This garden plant comes in four different colors: white, yellow, pink and purple, and can grow up to seven feet. It is part of the Plantae kingdom, Malvales order,Malvaceae Family, Alcea genus.

This flower originated in China and was used as the symbol of the Tokugawa regime in Japan. It flowers from mid to late summer. Because of its thick stalk it is sometimes used as firewood.

Medical Uses

Although it’s not very tasty, it can be eaten. The flowers when picked in full bloom can be soothing  and can be used as a diuretic. When made into an infusion it can fight coughs and bronchitis. It has also been used to prevent miscarriages, help ruptures, dissolve coagulated blood from falls and blows and can be used to kill worms in children.


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