Five Uses for Violet Vinegar
Learn how to make this pretty violet flower infused vinegar, along with 5 creative ways to use it!
Violet Vinegar Recipe & How to Use It
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.
To make the infused vinegar:
- Go out and pick some fresh violets from unsprayed areas. Don’t pick to the point where no flowers are left, always leave some behind! You can rinse the flowers if you wish. (I don’t because I inspect as I pick.)
- Fill your jar about half full of violet flowers. 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 few days 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.
- Be sure to store in a dark area to preserve the color as long as possible. You may also wish to store in your refrigerator. It’s normal for the color to fade before 1 year.
That’s it! Easy, peasy. Now, for some ideas of ways you can use this.
Ways to use the infused vinegar:
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 & Chiggers
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.
I also love using infused vinegar for pesky chigger bites. It really helps soothe the itching! (My Rose, Plantain & Yarrow Itch Remedy, which is based on vinegar and witch hazel, is another effective option for chigger bites.)
A classic remedy for sunburn is vinegar, diluted with at least an equal part of water. I’ve also mentioned this in my article on Rose Petal Vinegar.
Violets have an affinity for healing and soothing the skin and helping combat inflammation so are a great 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. Or you could add the diluted vinegar to a spray bottle and spritz all over your scalp and hair.
You may wish to rinse it out of your hair, or leave it on for more effect.
5.) Violet Vinaigrette
I thought I’d also 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!