Violet | Viola odorata (Violet, Sweet Violet)
A sweet herb, Violet | Violet Odarata has a long herbal tradition, the heart shaped leaves are used to soothe skin reactions and bruising and supports a calming and soothing response for healthy functioning skin. As only the leaves are steeped, there is none of the lovely violet fragrance.
The flowers of this spring bloom perennial, violets are often added as a culinary addition to salads. The leaves of violets are high in flavonoids and vitamins which act as anti-oxidants to fight the free radicals in the body.
A low growing herb from Europe that prefers shade than full sun, often found growing under deciduous trees, and thrives best when the soil is continuously damp. The flowers are long prized for their delicate fragrance but it is the heart shaped leaves that are harvested to aid skin conditions.
Topically, Violet is used for swellings, inflammation, bruising and Violet contains saponins, alkaloids, glycosides, flavonoids, and mucilage to support the skin inflammation.
Although the herb has a very long, safe traditional use in Western herbal medicine, there is insufficient reliable modern clinical studies to confirm this which is not uncommon with many of the more common herbs. Traditional use and its effectiveness is its best advocate.