Herbal Information Sheet: Sweet Violet


(Viola odorata)


Excerpted from:

The Earthwise Herbal, A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants

By Matthew Wood

 “The leaves and flowers together are used; they have a sweet, slightly mucilaginous, slightly salty taste and cool impression.

 “Violet is suited to cases where the mucosa is dry, when expectoration needs to be increased.  It ‘has a long history of use as a cough remedy, especially for bronchitis, and may be of benefit in upper respiratory catarrh.’  It has an affinity to the lymphatic system, and is indicated when there is lymphatic stagnation and swollen glands, often in the throat and around the ears, in association with dry skin and constipation.  As a moistening remedy it acts on the kidneys, bladder, and chronic arthritic deposits and skin conditions such as eczema.

 “It is recommended when there is lymphatic stagnation, enlargement of the spleen, and changes in the components of the blood that may foreshadow cancer.

 “Violet is widely used in cancer.  It is one of the few remedies with a proven track record in cancer involving the breasts, lymphatics, and lungs.  Also in skin cancer.”


SPECIFIC INDICATIONS:  Severe headaches, inflammation of the eyes, infections in the mouth; sinus catarrh, chronic congestion of the glands around the ears and in the throat; sore throat, hoarseness, dryness of the upper respiratory tract, chronic cough, associated with dryness; bronchitis, asthma, whooping cough; constipation; gravel, urinary tract infection; breast lumps benign and malignant; arthritis of the wrists; eczema; cancer of the lymphatics, breasts, lungs, skin; epilepsy and nervous disorders.


“’Violets have a very mild nature and possess no harmful properties.’”



Violet Leaf cut

Violet Leaf liquid extract


Linda Hall

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