The fragrant violet is an ornamental plant of the Violaceae family. Easily recognizable thanks to its dark purple flowers and its sweet smell, it is found mostly in hedges and woods. It is widespread in Europe and Asia. Its scientific name is Viola odorata and it is commonly called spring flower or March flower. This plant also has medicinal properties. It contains mucilages, alkaloids, myrosine, violine, vitamins A and C as well as essential oil.
Indications in herbal medicine
The fragrant violet is one of the main ingredients behind the manufacture of several perfumes. In the past, it was recognized as having an effect aphrodisiac and anti-hangover. In phytotherapy, it is rather appreciated for its expectorant property. It is mainly recommended to treat affections of the bronchi and the respiratory tract (cough, cold or flu). In addition, thanks to its antipyretic effect, it is also effective in case of fever.
The spring jacée is also indicated in case of rheumatism. Thanks to its antiphlogistic and emollient properties, it considerably reduces joint pain and muscle cramps. It is also ideal for fight insomnia and nervous agitations.
In addition, this plant proves useful for treatments for minor digestive disorders. Its light laxative and emetic properties allow it to treat cases of transient constipation and difficult digestions.
Finally, it helps to treat skin problems.
Forms and preparations
In phytotherapy, the fragrant violet is used in the form of essential oil, herbal tea, syrup, mother tincture and lozenges.
Modes of use and dosage
Fragrant violet can be used both internally and externally. The dosage varies depending on the form used as well as the desired result.
For a cup, infuse a pinch of flowers in boiling water. Drink 3 to 4 cups a day for soothe flu symptoms. In gargle, this preparation relieves the irritations of the throat in the event of angina.
15 drops to dilute in a little water, to take before the meal in the morning and in the evening. The mother tincture promotes transit and prevents the risk of indigestion and constipation.
Essential oil :
Mainly used externally, theviolet essential oil fragrant can be associated with vegetable oil or cosmetic products. It is then sufficient to gently massage the areas to be treated with the mixture obtained.
Inhaled or in atmospheric diffusion, this essential oil allows to reduce stress and facilitates sleep.
Precautions for use, side effects and contraindications
Consumed in high doses, fragrant violet can cause diarrhea and vomiting.
In addition, its use is contraindicated in pregnant and breastfeeding women. This restriction also applies to children under 6 years old.
In any case, it is recommended to seek the advice of a doctor before using it in a therapeutic setting.