Reviewed on 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

Common Globemallow, Copper Globemallow, Desert Mallow, False Mallow, Flame Mallow, Hierba del Negro, Moss Rose, Narrowleaf Desertmallow, Narrowleaf Globemallow, Pale Globemallow, Prairie Mallow, Red False Mallow, Scarlet Globemallow, Sphaeralcea angustifolia, Sphaeralcea coccinea, Sphaeralcea incana, Vara de San José.


Globemallow is a plant. Leaves and roots of globemallow are used to make medicine.

People take globemallow by mouth for coughs, common colds, the flu, and diarrhea. People apply globemallow to the skin for snakebites, sores, skin wounds, and to prevent or treat burns.

How does it work?

Globemallow might reduce inflammation and improve immune function.


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Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Cough.
  • Common cold.
  • Flu.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Sores.
  • Burns.
  • Skin wounds.
  • Snake bites.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of globemallow for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

Side Effects

It is not known if globemallow is safe or what the potential side effects might be.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of globemallow during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


The appropriate dose of globemallow depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for globemallow. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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