A to Z Herbarium: Violet

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Violet

Protection, Luck, Love, Lust, Wishes, Peace, Healing

Violets

 

Carrying violet will protect one against wicked spirits, and bring about a change in luck and fortune. When mixed with lavender, violets stimulate love and lust. Gathering the first violet in spring means your greatest wish will be granted.

In ancient Greece, violets were worn to cool tempers and bring about sleep. Ancient Romans made wine out of violet blossoms. A wreath of violets worn on the head was believed to cure headaches and dizziness. Violets have also been associated with death and mourning. It’s possible this connection goes back to ancient times, as it’s said when the Phrygian god Attis died, violets sprung wherever his blood fell.

Violets can be used in a poultice, infused oil or salve to soothe dry skin, eczema, insect bites and other dermatological ailments. It is cooling and anti-inflammatory.

When made into a syrup, violets can ease coughs and act as a mild laxative. The roots and seeds are also purgative. Drinking an infusion of violet leaves has, in some cases, been said to alleviate cancer pain, particularly of the throat.

 

Sources:

Cunningham’s Encylopedia of Magical Herbs, Scott Cunningham, 2016, Llewellyn Publications

Around the Roman Table, Patrick Faas, 2013, Macmillan

Mother Earth News

Botanical

Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine

Bartleby

 

 

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Ronel Janse van Vuuren - last year

Working on my violet wreath… Happy A-to-Z-ing.

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    You will be lovely and, hopefully, headache free. 😉

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    Most lovely indeed! 🙂

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Hilary Melton-Butcher - last year

Hi Sara – love violets – they are so beautiful in a patch of grass or in meadow … and I bet they warded off some rather nasty bugs in Medieval and earlier days. I used to love sugared violets (an earlier version of a Parma Violet – which is not a sweet per se ) on chocolates filled with violet cream, similarly roses and rose cream … til they became too sweet toothed for the desire for more! Cheers Hilary

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    Violet candy sounds intriguing! Would love to try some, just to see what it tastes like. But they are very beautiful. 🙂

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Tarkabarka - last year

So fun story: My dog loves to roll around in violets. At first, we did not know why he came in from the garden smelling like flowers, but then we observed him doing it… 😀

The Multicolored Diary: WTF – Weird Things in Folktales

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    Haha! I’ve always wondered why dogs roll around like that. Is it to get the human smell off them, or just because it makes them happy? 😛

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Molly of Molly's Canopy - last year

Violets are in bloom right now in New York City. Hard to believe that these lovely flowers are considered a blight to a perfect suburban lawn! I would sure love to try some of that violet wine 🙂

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    I’d love to have violets on my lawn! Well, assuming I had a lawn. 😉 Violet wine would be exciting to try.

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Deborah Weber - last year

I love violets, and I’m currently enjoying the crop of them that is blooming in my lawn. You might catch me acting like Tarkabarka’s dog rolling around in them and then smelling pretty. 🙂

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    Sounds like a pretty good way to spend one’s time to me. 😉

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McGuffy's Reader - last year

Shared!

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    Thank you! 🙂

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Arti - last year

I haven’t had the pleasure of picking or smelling violets. I’d love to go over to Deborah’s lawn and join her and roll like Tarkabarka’s dog:)
Sighs…big sighs.
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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    I think we need to have a violet rolling party. 😉

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susan scott - last year

Aren’t they pretty … interesting uses for them. Seems like there’s nothing violent about them..

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    Violets say “no” to violence. 😉

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Pamela - last year

I love violets as they’re such a pretty little flower. I think I might have to try infusing some in oil as this sounds like a lovely skin treatment. Thanks for sharing.

Pamela @ Highlands Days of Fun

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    I would also like to try a violet infusion. I eczema on my hands from time to time. Am curious if violet oil would help.

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Claire Noland - last year

I love violets. It’s nice to know that they have many uses.

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    They are beautiful little flowers. Thanks for stopping by, Claire! 🙂

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Nick Wilford - last year

Never knew violets had so many uses!

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    They’re handy little things. 🙂

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valj2750 - last year

Beautiful post. The violet color is deep and lovely. My Virtual Vineyard

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    They are quite lovely. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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Shari - last year

I would never have imagined violets had so many interesting uses. Fascinating.

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    Thanks, Shari! 🙂

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Heidi Kneale (Her Grace) - last year

I love LOVE love violets. I wish I could grow them in Australia. I love their smell, their taste, their pretty little colour.

I have several violet perfumes and love eating violet pastilles (when I can get them).

–Her Grace, Heidi from Romance Spinners

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    They are great little flowers. If I ever find violet pastilles, I am definitely going to try them.

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Michelle Wallace - last year

September first is officially spring for us.
I must remember to gather the first violet on that day…and then make a wish.

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    You crazy lot in the Southern Hemisphere. 😉 Hopefully your wish will come true!

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JazzFeathers - last year

Such a simple flower, so many properties 🙂

@JazzFeathers
The Old Shelter – 1940s Film Noir

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    Sara C. Snider - last year

    Simple is sometimes best. 🙂

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