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The white mallow’s beneficial properties are show in its botanical name.
Althaea derives from the Greek and means 'curing'. White mallow was used as a
healing plant in ancient times in China, Syria, Egypt and Greece, and was
probably brought to Central Europe only in the Middle Ages to coincide with the
beginning of settled agriculture. Nowadays it is cultivated on salty soils in
At first glance, it is a rather delicate plant, but the white mallow can
withstand lack of water and heat easily. Gel-like substances in the roots and
flowers protect the plant from drying out and the high concentration of
mucilaginous substances in the roots make white mallow calming, soothing,
emollient, protective and moisturising. Its gentle, almost white flowers blushed
with pink and its delicate fragrance have a very calming and soothing effect on
the senses, completely unlike other blooms with vibrant colours and intense
For exactly these reasons, the white mallow is ideal for baby care. Delicate,
sensitive and immature baby skin has to undergo a process of development and
learning during the first years of life. It needs a soft protective and warming
layer, and no unnecessary fragrances to bring the skin out of balance. The white
mallow binds moisture in the delicate skin of babies and stimulates development
of the skin's own protective forces to keep them from harmful environmental
In conjunction with pansy, which is soothing and healing, our white mallow
range demonstrates its protective properties particularly well. In addition,
coconut oil and sesame oil nourish the skin intensively. Even for neurodermitic
and acutely sensitive baby skin, the irritation-free ingredients are highly
All images (c) Angelika Salomon
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