A to Z Herbarium: Violet
Protection, Luck, Love, Lust, Wishes, Peace, Healing
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.
Cunningham’s Encylopedia of Magical Herbs, Scott Cunningham, 2016, Llewellyn Publications