arvensis,calcarea, canina, hirta, lutea, palustris, purpurea, sylvatica, tricolor
The name describes both the smell and colour of the flowers.
It has been cultivated for 2000 years as a colorant for syrups and drinks.
Violet scent is also obtained from Iris germanica , as the scent is very expensive to extract.
The rootstock is now the most commonly employed part.
Saponins,; a glycoside ; violarutin ; methyl salicylate ; mucilage ; vitamin C ; an alkaloid ; odoratine ; anthocyanine pigments ; an aromatic substance ionine or irone (which is the aromatic principle) ; salicylic glycosides (Viola - quercinin)
violet water, perfume
colouring agent and flavouring in other neutral or acid medicines besides laxatives
remedy for bruising (poultice)
homeopathic medicinal tincture for spasmodic cough ; rheumatism of the wrists
internal and external use in the treatment of cancer
Take lard like Crisco and place 2 oz in a container in the oven. Heat it until clear. Add about 36 fresh violet leaves. Stew them in the lard for about an hour until the leaves are the consistency of cooked cabbage. Strain (also filter through coffee filters) and place in a lotion jar. Use when cool and hardened for glands at the throat, or for rheumatism.
A Modern Herbal by Mrs Grieve, Tiger Books International, London
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