Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)

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Species: Malvaceae (Mallow) Family

Language of Flowers Meaning:  Ambition

The beautiful flowers of the Hollyhock can be used to make cold infusions,  tea and substituted for Wild Marsh Mallow.  The fibrous stalks can be used in paper making, the roots in medicinal’s and the leaves and flowers for eating in your summer salads or in an infusion for hair and skin!

A completely easy to grow flower that offers more than height and beauty! A perennial that grows well in hard soils and is drought resistant!


The beautiful flowers can be eaten fresh or dried for later use. They make a wonderful water infusion for bathing, drinking and soap making.  They are demulcent, diuretic and emollient.

When making a medicinal infusion it is best to use cold water and not hot.  Heat will cut the effectiveness of the infusion. Rest unblemished flowers in cool water overnight (approx. 8 hours), strain and enjoy.  This infusion is great for soothing your gastrointestinal, respiratory and urinary tracts, it induces urination, soothes ulcers and relieves a sore throat and dry cough. It can be used as an emollient for skin and hair.


The leaves can also be eaten fresh, raw or steamed.  However this is a plant you may wish to eat leaves from when first emerging due to the fibrous material, or try chopping small into salads.  The leaves can also be heated to use as a poultice for splinters, inflammation or chapped skin.


The roots are astringent and demulcent and contain a beneficial starch.  When crushed the roots can be applied as a poultice to ulcers. Taken internally, it can be used for dysentery.


The seeds are used as a demulcent, diuretic and febrifuge.

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.