Violet

Latin:  Viola sp.

Family:   Violaceae

Parts Used:  Flowers, leaves

Taste/Energetics:  Cooling, moist

Properties:  Anxiolytic, demulcent, tonic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic (gentle)

Actions:  Violets are lovely flowers that are often overlooked as herbs.  They are gently relaxing and cooling to the body, helping to reduce fevers, sore throats, inflamed digestive tracts while moistening dry skin. Rich in nutrients such as vitamins A and C, violets also have a nice nutritional tonic effect.  Violets contain methyl salicylate and are good for relieving pain and inflammation.  Violet is an uplifting herb that will soothe and relax someone who feels uptight, frustrated, sad and anxious.

Dosage: This is an herb best prepared by adding it to salads as a garnish or made into a tea.  Infuse 1-3 tsp of violet in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes.  Does well in syrups and honeys as well.  I don’t recommend tinctured violets.

Contraindications:  None.

Further Reading:  

Violet monograph by Rosalee de la Foret

Violet monograph  by Jim McDonald

Violet monograph  by Elise Krohn