Wild violets are beautiful and sweet smelling, but to many people, they’re seen as a challenging weed that’s hard to control, killing their beautifully lush lawns that they’ve worked so hard to achieve. Native to the eastern regions of North America, they colonize easily in slightly shaded moist soil and often cohabitate with other colonizing yard weeds. For someone who is seeking that perfect, manicured lawn free of violets, they do have a major challenge to face because the plant’s root network is rather tenacious.
1. Make a salad
Violet leaves and flowers are tasty – in fact, the flowers are wonderfully sweet and tangy, making a beautiful garnish on a salad while adding an excellent boost of vitamin A and C. You can just toss them in with some of your favorite greens.
2. Treat skin conditions
Violets can be used to treat a number of skin conditions, including eczema and dry skin, as well as for healing wounds. While violet essential oil is considered very rare, it is often adulterated and can be difficult to find the real thing. The good news is that you can make your own so that you can utilize its benefits to treat skin issues and more, simply by gathering fresh violet leaves. The oil can then be used as is, or you can use it as part of a recipe for a violet balm.
3. Make a tea
Violets make a wonderful tea with a pleasant aroma that’s sure to delight – and it offers many medicinal benefits too. You can make it using fresh or dried flowers and leaves – it’s up to you. The flavor tends to be stronger in the dried version. When steeped in teas, violets infuse their bluish/purplish tint into the brew, which will change colors based on the acid-base pH of the tea infusion. That means it will not only smell and taste wonderful, but it will look pretty too!
4. Use violets as part of a healthy side dish
You can even cook violet leaves like spinach. Use a little water, grass-fed butter, and then sprinkle with sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. By serving the cooked violet greens with the residual liquid, you’ll help preserve the vitamins so that you can get the maximum amount of nutrition.
5. Relieve a headache
Like the Native Americans, you can also use wild violets to relieve a headache. Just make the tea as described above and then apply a cloth that’s been soaked in it to the back of your neck. Sit back, relax and enjoy for 10 or 15 minutes, and before you know it, your headache is likely to have disappeared.
6. Make a cough syrup
Violets are very useful for soothing coughs and other respiratory issues and are excellent when used as part of a cough syrup recipe. The Nerdy Farm Wife comes through again with an excellent recipe for a Violet Leaf & Honey Cough Syrup. All you need is fresh or dried violet leaves, water and some raw (preferably local) honey.
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