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Monday, July 2, 2012

A Medicinal Mystery Plant and a Cool Soup!

Indian Mallow
Family:  Abutilon 

How many people can really and truly say, I love my job!  Well, I do love working with plants (though admittedly, I am not crazy about gardening in the summer heat), growing plants, touching plants, talking about plants, and making herbal teas and medicinals from plants.  Saturday night, I was so happy to be able to share some recently gained information on this beautiful plant, Indian Mallow.

L and I were enjoying an Ice Tea and music at Liefie's in Winnsboro when a gentleman came over to our table.  He had just learned that I owned StarDragonfly Herb Company.  He was so excited to show me a photo of his "mystery" plant.
Indian Mallow seed pods
When he showed me his photo, "Well, Lo and Behold!", it was my new plant friend, Indian Mallow. Needless to say he was very happy.  So, my new friend from Saturday evening, if you are reading the blog today, I thought you just might be interested in some more information on your "mystery" plant.

Indian Mallow generally grows wild on the prairies and open woods of Central and West Texas.

The roots and mucilaginous bark increase the secretion and discharge of urine.

A tea made of this plant (Indian Mallow) is an effective remedy for treating fevers.  Indian Mallow has a soothing effect on the skin and mucous membranes.  A paste can be made and applied to all types of abscesses and itches.

Makes an effective mouthwash for toothache and tender gums.

Seeds of Indian Mallow can be used in killing thread worms.   A decoction (made by boiling and steeping the roots) is used for bronchitis, catarrh and biliousness.  (If you have "biliousness" your liver or gallbladder is in distress and producing large quantities of bile.)
Meadow Beauty

The seeds are laxative and very effective for curing piles.  (Another name for hemorrhoids.)

The whole plant is uprooted, dried and is powdered.  In ancient days, maidens were made to consume a spoonful of this powder with a spoonful of honey, once in a day, for 6 months until the day of marriage, for safe and quick pregnancy.  The leaves can be used to treat ulcers, headaches, gonorrhea and bladder infection.

Well, ya'll....keep cool, keep safe, be happy!  Herbally, Susan


“Bowl in a Bag” cooking class
Presented by CHEF NANCY and StarDragonfly Herb Company
Friday, July 20, 2012, (6 pm-7pm)
Location:  StarDragonfly Herb Company

“The Little Herb Shop on Elm Street”
Winnsboro, Texas

Gazpacho is a chilled soup made with chopped
Tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, peppers and herbs.
Learn how to prepare this gourmet
Summer soup using fresh, local

“The Bowl in a Bag” cooking class series
asks aspiring “chefs” to bring a bowl, spoon/fork/knife in a zip-lock bag.  Plan to shop and eat supper at the store.   Dessert will be served after class. 
Learn more about CHEF NANCY at
And StarDragonfly Herb Company at

Participants will
Cut, prep & Season
A Farmer’s Market style Gazpacho

Receive 20% off
StarDragonfly Herb Company
Spice Seasonings

Questions or to Register call:
(903)588-4313 or email:  stdragonfly@yahoo.com
Class fee:
$25.00 per person or $40.00 per couple

Texas is neither southern or western
Texas is Texas!
Senator William Blakley

4th of July greeting

1 comment:

  1. The leaves can be used to treat ulcers, headaches, gonorrhea and bladder infection.