A Brief Examination of Violet Leaf


Blue Violet (Viola odorata, Violaceae)

by Kate

Scientific Name: Viola odorata, Violaceae


Violet leaf has a variety of uses both medicinal and magical. The ancient Greeks considered the Violet a symbol of fertility and love and put it in love potions esp when mixed in sachets with lavender. According to Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, if you can gather the first Violets of spring, your dearest wish will be granted. Carrying the flowers brings a change in luck. Other sources suggest a garland of the flowers could prevent headaches and dizziness.

Medicinally, fresh crushed leaves reduce swelling and soothe irritations. The aroma is very relaxing and makes and excellent perfume as well. (Sun’s Eye Violet Oil is only $7.95!) Violet in a pillow will help ease headaches. Blue violets have been used in traditional folk medicine for thousands of years, usually as a headache remedy or natural pain reliever. While we can’t suggest ingesting any herb without telling you to do your homework first, many people use violet in cooking. Young leaves and flower buds can be eaten raw or cooked. They make a very good salad, and a tea made from the flower or leaves is equally as tasty. Be sure to research proper ways of using this herb internally.

Parts Used

Leaf and flowers

Typical Preparations

The dried leaf is traditionally used as a tea, and the fresh leaf and flower is traditionally used in salads, soups, jellies and jams, as well as other food preparations.


The whole plant is anti-inflammatory, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, and laxative. It is taken internally in the treatment of bronchitis, respiratory catarrh, coughs, and asthma. Externally, it is typically used to treat mouth and throat infections. The plant can either be used fresh, or dried, and some reports suggest the dried material is much stronger in regards to its laxative qualities.


Taking excessive amounts may cause nausea and vomiting. This information in not intended to diagnose or treat any illness. Consult your physician before using any herbs.



  1. Dawn Pietruk said,

    March 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Hey, Kate! You know this article is one that directly effects me. My step-mom, Barb, is available to go Earth-Loring with me on 3/31. I know you don’t work Wednesdays, so I will have to get in on one of your days sooooon.

  2. Dawn Pietruk said,

    March 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I was unaware…my own fault for not looking down far enough…of the coupons. I would have made myself get out of bed. There is always next month. Catcha later.

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