The violet (Viola odorata) is a small, bushy plant with purple or white flowers, native to Europe, Asia and North Africa, which belongs to the Violaceae family. It is known for its medicinal properties and its many health benefits and virtues.
- Gardening: how to grow violets well
Violet and its health benefits
- The expectorant virtues of violet make it an ideal treatment forrespiratory infection (colds or bronchitis). In infusion (50 g of flowers per liter of boiling water), the violet calms irritations and relieves the cough.
- Laxative and diuretic, violet treats constipation mild, even in young children.
- Slightly sudorific, violet is recommended in case of outbreaks of fever and D'flu-like symptoms.
- Soothing, inhaled violet calms nervousness, reduces stress and reduces insomnia.
- Violet is also effective in cases ofindigestion or fromfood poisoning.
- For external use, leaves and roots of violets, crushed and used as poultices hot, are effective against small wounds, the crevices breast in case of difficult breastfeeding and bedsores.
Growing violet for its benefits
- Your violets will go wonderfully half shade preferably and in a rich soil, humus-like, cool and well-drained.
- Rustic and easy to maintain, violets are not afraid of temperature drops.
- You can grow them pot no problem even in small planters, as they have short roots.
- Warning, in France, many species of violets are protected, it is better to pick only those that grow in the gardens.
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Violet in cooking for its benefits
- The young leaves violets are eaten raw or cooked, in salad, and cooked they will thicken a soup or one broth because they are mucilaginous (they take consistency in water).
- Flowers of violets decorate salads and confine themselves in sugar to give a well-known treat, the Toulouse violet. They also give a very fragrant flavor to cakes, syrups, honey and vinegars, and we also make jams, jellies.