Violet, Sweet (Viola odorata)
Other common names: Garden violet, common violet, wood violet, English violet
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Diuretic, laxative, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, emollient, diaphoretic, demulcent, analgesic, anti-rheumatic, demulcent, emetic (seeds and roots).
Harvest: February through April
Part used: Flowers, young leaves
Constituents: alkaloid, glycosides, steroids, flavonoids, tannins, alkaloids, anthocyanins, vitamin C and A, ionine, mucilage, methyl salicylate and saponins.
Used for headaches, asthma, constipation, bronchitis, chest colds, congestion, other respiratory complaints, migraines, mouth and throat irritation, phlegm in the throat, insomnia, cancer prevention and treatment (consult with a doctor first, especially if you are undergoing treatments),
The flowers and leaves can be made into tea or eaten raw or cooked. They can be made into a cough syrup, or lozenges. A homeopathic preparation exists to treat spasmodic coughing and other concerns. Dried plant material tends to be much more laxative than fresh plant material.
Aromatherapists use essential oil made from violets to treat respiratory conditions, skin conditions, and other symptoms. The extract or tea can be used as a wash or included in ointments and skin care products.
The rhizomes and seeds of this plant can cause digestive distress and strong laxative/emetic effects if taken internally in large doses. Do not use if pregnant or nursing, and consult with a doctor before using if you are taking any medications. Do not use if you are allergic to salicylates.
I suggest consulting a pharmacist or physician before starting any herbal supplement if you are taking a prescription medication or have serious underlying health concerns.
Violet is associated with shy, hidden beauty; like a timid maiden tucked away in the shade and waiting to be discovered. The fae folk love violets and sometimes make their faerie rings with the little purple blooms. These flowers can also be associated with modesty, innocence and faithfulness.
Disclaimer: The information on this website is intended as general education on herbs and is not intended to take the place of medical care. Please consult a health care professional before embarking on any health regime.