I’ve also included a printable tag, like the one shown in the picture. You can either print it on thick paper, punch a hole in it and tie it on with some ribbon or you could print it on sticker paper and label your bottle. To access a pdf of that printable tag, click HERE. (Note: I only made one row of them, so as not to waste ink. If anyone wants a full page, just let me know in the comments.)
Violet Vinegar Recipe
To make Violet Infused Vinegar, you just need some fresh violets and vinegar. I like the pretty color to show through, plus I like using vinegar for culinary uses, so I use white wine vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is another excellent choice.
- Go out and pick some fresh violets from unsprayed areas. Don’t pick to the point where no flowers are left, always leave some for the bees! You can rinse the flowers if you wish. (I don’t because I inspect as I pick.)
- Fill your jar about half full of violets. Pour vinegar over them and cap with a non-metallic lid. Vinegar will corrode metal, so if that’s the only type of cap you have, use a layer of plastic wrap between it and the vinegar.
- Let this sit for a week or two in a cool, dark place. The vinegar will take on a gorgeous deep magenta hue. Sunlight will fade the colors faster than time alone.
- Strain the vinegar and store for a year, possibly longer, in a glass container.
That’s it! Easy, peasy. Now, for some ideas of ways you can use this:
1.) Vinegar Baths
Vinegar baths are great at easing aches and pains. Violets add an extra layer of skin soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. If you add some Epsom salts to the mix, the synergy becomes even more powerful. Add about 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar (and equal amounts of Epsom salts, if desired) to your water as it’s running.
If you have tired, achy feet, try a vinegar foot bath, as described above. Just reduce the amounts in proportion to the smaller amount of water in a foot tub.
2.) Wasp Stings
Wasp stings are alkaline in nature, so vinegar is the perfect antidote for neutralizing the venom and erasing the pain. Simply soak a cotton ball or small piece of cloth in violet vinegar and hold on the sting until the pain subsides. This usually happens within minutes. Remember, bee stings can be serious, so if you have a life threatening allergy to them, be sure to use appropriate medical treatments as well.
A classic remedy for sunburn is vinegar, diluted with equal parts of water. I’ve mentioned this before in my post on Rose Petal Vinegar. Violets have an affinity for healing and soothing the skin and helping combat inflammation so are a perfectly equal substitution for rose petals in the treatment of sunburn. If you keep a small spray bottle of your vinegar/water solution in the fridge, it will cool the skin even more.
4.) Hair Rinse
Vinegar makes a terrific hair rinse! Violet Vinegar can ease itchy scalp & fungal infections, assist in removing soap residue, and can help control dandruff. Dilute with equal parts of water and pour over hair after shampooing. No need to rinse it out!
5.) Violet Vinaigrette
I thought I’d throw one edible violet vinegar recipe in here! Violet flowers are high in vitamin C and A, not to mention are known for helping fight oral cancer, fibrocystic breast disease, respiratory issues and sore throats. Adding violets to your salad dressing (and salads) is quite a palatable way to enjoy their benefits!
To make the vinaigrette: Combine 3 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons violet vinegar, 1 tablespoon crumbled bacon, 1/2 tablespoon chopped onion, 1 teaspoon maple syrup and salt and pepper to taste. Shake together in a jar and let stand for twenty or thirty minutes so the flavors meld together. Shake again and pour over your salad. Yum!
There you go! Five easy ways to use up that gorgeous vinegar and get added healing and nutrition in the process!
If you like this post, you may also like some of my other DIY violet projects: