Sweet Violet

Viola odorata


Names: Violet.

Habitat: Widely found in Europe and Asia.

Collection: The leaves and flowers are gathered in the
spring, in March and April. Dry with care.

Part Used: Leaves and flowers.


  • Phenolic glycosides, gaultherin, violutoside(=salicylic acid
    methyl ester)
  • Saponins; myrosin and violin
  • Flavonoids; rutin and violarutin
  • Miscellaneous; odoratine, an alkaloid, 2-nitroproprionicacid,

Actions: Expectorant, alterative, anti-inflammatory, diuretic.

Indications: Sweet Violet has a long history of use as
a cough remedy and especially for the treatment of bronchitis.
It may also be used to aid in the treatment of upper respiratory
. With the combination of actions present, it has a
use in skin conditions such as eczema and in a long term
approach to rheumatism. It may be used for urinary infections.
Sweet Violet has a reputation as an `anti-cancer’ herb, and whilst
this concept is inappropriate (see pg. 3-289), it definitely has
a role in a holistic approach to the treatment of cancer.

Preparations & Dosage: Infusion: pour a cup of boiling
water into 1 teaspoonful of the herb and let infuse for 10-15 minutes.
This should be drunk three times a day.
Tincture: take 1-2ml of the tincture three times a day.

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David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH Written by David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH

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