Botanical Name: Viola odorata
Components: There are around 400-500 different specific species of violets, but all are flowering plants that bloom in the spring, producing purple, blue, yellow, white, cream or bi-colored blossoms that can also have medicinal properties. The soft, heart shaped leaves of the blue violet plant are harvested, dried, then chopped up and packaged.
Overview: Violet leaves contain many vitamins and minerals such as alkaloids and vitamin C. The alkaloids and flavonoids help improve circulation and reduce blood pressure. Violet tea helps soothe coughs. These leaves can reduce inflammation related pain, aid digestion, lower bad cholesterol levels, boost metabolism, cleanse the blood, and treat skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne. Its anti-inflammatory properties make violet leaves a good treatment for sinus infections, bronchitis and reducing fever caused by inflammation. The rutin contained in violets helps remedy hemorrhoids and help varicose veins.
Uses: Violet leaves can be brewed as a tea, added to meals, or powdered and encapsulated. It can also be made into an infusion, poultice, oil or salve.