Information on Violet

Latin NameViola odorata
Other NamesSweet Violet
Part UsedFlowers, Leaves
Herb FormsBulk herb.
AffectsRespiratory system
CautionsNone known.
Botanical InfoTufted, stemless perennial creeping herb with cordate-ovate leaves and deep violet fragrant flowers.
DescriptionViola odorata is a common garden plant throughout the world, native to Europe. The leaves and flowers contain compounds that are expectorant and antibacterial, making sweet violet useful in syrups for upper respiratory tract infections such as colds, flu, and bronchitis. Because of its sweet taste and fragrant violet scent, it is a common ingredient of cough syrups, along with such herbs as horehound, maidenhair fern, and wild cherry bark.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Violet

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Cradle capmucus dissolvingtea internally (drunk by the mother)
Dandruffmucus clearingtea
Cough, chronicexpectorant, antitussivetincture, tea


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