Scientific Name: Viola odorata
Common Names: sweet violet, blue violet, English violet, garden violet, purple violet, sweet-scented violet, violet
Parts used: leaf, flower, root
Active Compounds: Glycoside of salicylic acid (corresponding to its use as a remedy for headache, body pains and as a sedative.) Contain Eugenol, Ferulic-acid, Kaempferol, Quercetin, Scopoletin, Also contains the alkaloid violine, and a glucoside, viola-quercitrin.
A paradoxical aspect of some violets is their elusive floral scent quality: With the presence of terpenes is a ketone compound ionone which temporarily desensitizes olfactory response, preventing further scent detection in the session.
The Ancient Greeks considered the Violet a symbol of fertility and love and put it in love potions. Pliny suggested a garland of the flowers could prevent headaches and dizziness. Fresh crushed leaves reduce swelling and soothe irritations. As a bath additive the fresh crushed flowers were used for centuries to soothe the skin. The aroma is very relaxing. Violet in a pillow will help ease headaches. Carrying the flowers brings a change in luck, and mixed with lavendar makes a powerful love sachet.
Externally: Liquid extract of leaves applied as a compress. Used externally the fresh crushed leaves reduce swelling and soothe irritations. As a bath additive the fresh crushed flowers are soothing to the skin and the aroma is very relaxing.
Used for treating respiratory ailment symptoms of congestion, coughing, and sore throat. All herbaceous parts of many species of violets are mucilaginous, emollient, and laxative. They are used to treat pectoral, nephritic, and cutaneous diseases. The emetic properties in the leaves and flowers account for their effectiveness as an expectorant.
An infusion of leaves are used, internally and externally, for treatment of pre-cancerous and cancerous conditions. Provides a valid treatment for systemic toxicity, gum disease, arthritis, and some autoimmune conditions.
Viola odorata is indigenous to Europe and Northern Asia. The plant with an oblique rhizome produces long filiform runners. The leaves are reniform or heart-shaped, obtuse and crenate. The flowers are dark blue with a sweet agreeable fragrance. The degree to which they retain their color depends upon how they are collected and dried.
There are no known human health risks associated with typical consumption or topical uses of blue violet.
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