Considered by some to be nothing more than a weed, the common violet actually has many health benefits to offer us.
The edible flowers and leaves are:
- high in mucilage (a plant substance that cools and moistens)
- nourishing, and high in vitamins A & C
- excellent lymph movers
- a demulcent (something that forms a protective layer over irritated mucous membranes), making them a wonderful remedy for mild sore throats, coughs and the like.
- a mild laxative (so, if you make violet jelly – like THIS ONE – eat in moderation.)
When I think of ways to use violets, I try to remember that they are primarily cooling, soothing and moisturizing.
So, if you have a dry, itchy throat – think of violets. If you have a hot (inflamed) skin condition – think of violets.
Violets, combined with roses, make a great treatment for hot flashes. (My Rose Glycerite recipe can be found HERE.)
James Duke, in his book The Green Pharmacy, posits an interesting theory that because they’re high in rutin, violets may help reduce varicose veins.
In short, violets are pretty amazing little plants!
Violet Flower Glycerite
- 3/4 cup lightly filled with violet flowers (about 30 g)
- 4 tbsp (60 ml) vegetable glycerine (I buy mine HERE)
Gather your violet flowers, making sure they’re clean, since glycerine doesn’t kill germs like alcohol tinctures would.
Place them in a small mini food processor (I’ve had THIS ONE for well over a decade and absolutely love it!)
Add the glycerine and blend well.
Press the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, or you can try squeezing through cheesecloth. This is a very messy step!
The glycerine should’ve taken on the color of the violets. It will taste slightly floral, sweet and grassy – all at the same time.
Sadly, violet flower glycerite will lose its pretty purple shade after a while and turn greenish for a while and then eventually brown, so don’t count on it staying the violet color shown. You can try snipping off just the violet petals and not including the green part when blending, to try to get it to stay purple a little longer. No matter the color though, the benefits are the same!
Shelf life is around 1 month, or possibly longer.
Take around three drops at a time, on your tongue, two to three times a day. You can also try stirring it in herbal tea.
If you make a beauty product that includes glycerine, try adding some violet flower glycerite to boost its moisturizing and skin soothing properties!
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