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HERBS: Violet - Viola odorata (REMEDIES, RECIPES, TEA)

Violet - Viola odorata, Ordinary violet, Common blue violet, Sweet

violet, Garden violet

The symbol of ancient Athens, the violet was believed to moderate anger,

strengthen and comfort the heart, and promote refreshing sleep. Garlands

of its blossoms worn around the heads of revelers were supposed to

dispel wine fumes and prevent dizziness and headaches (chemical analysis

of the plant reveals the presence of salicylic acid—the "raw material"

for aspirin—and thus shows that the Greeks may have known whereof they

spoke). The leaves, which have antiseptic properties, can be used in

ointments or as poultices for bruises and, when made into a tea or

syrup, have been taken for internal inflammations and coughs.

There are even reports of violet-leaf infusions having helped to allay

the pain of throat disorders.

To make an infusion, pour 1 pint of boiling water over 2-1/2 ounces of

fresh, clean leaves and allow the brew to steep overnight. Strain the

liquid, which may then be drunk cold by the wineglassful every 2 hours.

To be effective, the infusion should be made fresh daily.

Tea made from the entire plant is used to treat digestive disorders and

new research has detected the presence of a glycoside of salicylic acid

(natural aspirin) which substantiates its use for centuries as a

medicinal remedy for headache, body pains and as a sedative. 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.


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