Herb Information - Sweet Violet | Viola Odorata
Viola odorata Violaceae
A herbaceous perennial, sweet violet call be found in damp, shady places ill most temperate regions if the world, About 10-15cm high, its bright green leaves form a rosette around the base of the long, erect,power stems, The young leaves are kidney-shaped, taking on their familiar heart shape and becoming slightly downy as they mature, From late February to late April sillgle violet-blue to whitish flowers.
The sweet violet plant contains phenolic glycosides, saponins, flavonoids and mucilage.
Sweet violet has long been used to treat respiratory tract illnesses and inflammation of the intestines. It has been the subject of research that has demonstrated the anti- nflammatory, analgesic and expectorant powers of its constituents in helping to dissolve mucus, loosen phlegm, reduce fever and ease pain.
These soothing powers have also been harnessed to treat mouth infections and certain skin conditions, such as cracked skin.
Recent studies in Sweden suggest suggest its potential to treat cancer as well. Peptides from sweet violet were shown to have a cytotoxic effect, inhibiting the growth of certain types of malgnant tumours
When taken in large doses preparations containing sweet violet rhizome can cause vomiting.
Sweet violet is grown by dividing a mature plant, or from seeds sown in spring, or from cuttings planted in autumn. It thrives in moist, welldrained, soil in a sunny location, but must have some shade in summer.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT congestion of the respiratory tract
TINCTURE (1:4 in 2S% alcohol) Take 20 drops with a small amount of water three times a day, after meals.
For external use
TO TREAT cracked skin, including cracked nipples CREAMS, OINTMENTS Apply products containing 3% sweet violet to the affected area.
IF SYMPTOMS PERSISTCONSULT A DOCTOR
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