Sweet Violet

“Sweet Violet”

Homer recorded how Anthenians used violets to ‘moderate anger’, while Pilny recommends wearing a garland of violets to prevent headaches and dizziness.

Botanical name: Viola odorata

Common name(s): Sweet violet

Family: Violaceae
Part used: Aerial parts

Active Constituents:
  • Saponins
  • Methyl salicylate
  • Alkaloids– violine, odoratine
  • Flavonoids incl.rutin
  • Mucilage

Qualities:  Cool, moist (Holmes)

  • Stimulating expectorant
  • Alterative– lymphatic cleanser
  • Antineoplastic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Diuretic

  • Pulmonary congestion e.g. Bronchitis
  • Pertussis
  • Swollen lymph glands

Specific (BHP)

  • Skin conditions– eczema and skin eruptions with:
  • Serous (watery) exudate
  • Seborrheic origins
  • Arthritis

Traditionallybreast, lung and colon cancer

  • Cystitis, polyuria, dysuria

Contraindications:None known

Cautions: None known

Liquid Extract -12-25ml 1:2 LE / week
Dried Herb Equivalent– 6-12g (infusion)
Syrup- coughs
Compress–skin conditions
Drop Dose: 20 to 40 drops 3 x a day

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