Edible flowers are more than just pretty decorations for food and desserts. They have many benefits for your health and wellbeing! Today, I’m going to share with you ten health benefits of using Violets!
I just saw my first violet of the year yesterday, and it reminded me how much I love to use them in baking and cooking. Often, they are considered weeds but I think the sweet purple flowers are the epitome of springtime! Before you ignore them, I hope you’ll consider saving them to use in some of the recipes I included at the end of this post. They have so many healing and soothing benefits!
A Violet Story
I remember when I was growing up, we had an apple tree that I loved to sit and read under. There was always a carpet of Violets growing there for some reason and nothing seemed lovelier than my delightful reading spot. To this day, I have fond memories of Violets.
In fact, I love them so much that my Mother intended to use them to decorate the tables at my Wedding shower. Since the shower was supposed to be a surprise, she didn’t tell me she had special plans for the Violets growing all over the garden. One day, I decided I was going to try one of my Violet recipes. I went out and picked all the Violets and successfully made a jar of lovely purple Violet Syrup!
My Mother was not so thrilled! She came home and had to hide how upset she was I had picked all the Violets! In the end, she used another of my favorite wild flowers for the tables – Lily’s of the Valley – so it all worked out. She loves to tell the story of how she never cared what I did with Violets until that day when she had specific plans for them.
I’m not sure what the moral of the story is. Maybe it’s “Ask Before You Pick” or maybe it’s “Pick Them Before Someone Else Does.” But in any case,the Violets growing wild in your backyard may be more in demand than you know.
Because of their gentle properties, Violets are especially good herbal medicine for children and are considered very safe. If you’re looking to introduce edible flowers to your young children, Violets may be the perfect flower to start with. My toddler loves to pick them and always thinks it’s a special treat to see them perched on her food. (Of course, please use your own judgment when it comes to serving edible flowers to your child though!)
Ten Benefits of Violets
Not convinced you want to eat them yet? Let me share with you ten benefits of using them! As always though, make sure they are pesticide free and picked from a clean dog-free area! 😉 If you have your lawn sprayed or treated, you probably aren’t going to be able to eat anything that grows there.
- Disclaimers: For information on where I got the following information, please scroll down to the section called “Further Reading,” where I have included links to additional articles and readings on edible flowers and Violets. Please use your own judgment when it comes to eating and using edible flowers and if you are still unsure, do your own research. If you have never eaten edible flowers before, eat them in small qualities at first, a little bit at a time. Always be careful when giving a child new food. Also, please note that African Violets are not edible. Look at pictures of edible Violets first and compare it to what you have picked to make sure what you are eating is really an edible flower.
1. Sore Throats
Violets can be used to relieve sore throats because they contain mucilage. Mucilage helps to to soothe and lubricate the tissues in your throat. Try chewing some of the fresh leaves for instant relief or brew a tea to drink. This will help lessen inflammation in your throat and promote healing.
2. Relaxing & Soothing
Violets have relaxing and soothing properties, making them excellent for treating anxiety, stress and even insomnia. Taking some Violet tea, will help you to relax and wind down. It also helps you to calm down and sooth restlessness. Violets have been proven effective against chronic insomnia so if you have trouble sleeping, drinking some before bed can help you to fall asleep. I love how these gentle, dainty flowers are a perfect choice for anyone who’s stressed!
3. Rich in Minerals
Violets are rich in minerals such as vitamins A & C! The Violet flowers and leaves contain very high amounts of vitamin C. Some studies show they have as much vitamin C, by weight, as Oranges do! Because of the amount of vitamins and minerals they contain, Violets support a healthy immune system. Eating Violets is a great way to build your immune system and fight colds and flu. Eating a flower is a fun way to fight off a cold!
4. Sinus Conditions
As I mentioned before, Violets contain mucilage. This makes them excellent for relieving a dry mouth or throat. If your sinuses are prone to be dry, try chewing some of the leaves or brewing a tea. The Mucilage brings moisture to the sinuses and helps to sooth it. A Violet eyewash, can also be effective in helping dry, irritated eyes.
5. Coughs and Asthma
If you suffer from asthma, Violets are nature’s cooling relief for you! Because of their gentle properties, Violets are especially good to help to sooth children with asthma. In studies, the use of violet syrup has helped those suffering from asthma and respiratory conditions. Violets are also an excellent cough suppression for coughs as a result of colds and flu and for chronic, dry coughs as well. Additionally, Violets help other respiratory conditions such as sinus infections and bronchitis.
Violets contain a small amount of salicylic acid, which is also found in aspirin. Because of this, Violets can be used as mild pain relievers! The American Indians often used Violets for relieving pain, particularly headaches. Violets Poultices can be used to treat headaches as well as a Violet tea.
Violets are an effective detoxifier! Violets stimulate the lymphatic glands, helping the body get rid of bacteria and cleansing it of toxins and waste. Known to be blood purifiers, Violets aid the body in metabolic processes such as eliminating waste. Try a Violet Lemonade as a perfect spring cleansing drink! Throughout history, Violets have also been used as a laxative . Because they are gentle flowers, it makes them particularly ideal as a laxative for infants and children.
Violets have antiseptic properties and can be used to treat small scrapes and cuts. This makes them an excellent flower to have around when there’s an emergency and no other antiseptic is available. The plants can be placed directly on the scrape or made into a poultice.
9. Skin Conditions
Acne, swollen glands, abscesses, and sores are just some skin irritations that Violets can help. The soothing properties in the plant help to relieve inflammation, making them a good choice for soothing pimples and acne. Applying Violet infusions regularly to your face, can help clear up acne and maintain clear skin. Violet leaf infusions can also help dry skin and itchy rashes such as dermatitis, eczema and cradle cap on babies. Some studies have shown that Violet leaves can even help to shrink tumors, cancers and lumps such as cysts and mastitis.
10. Heart Health
Violets are high in Rutin, a plant pigment that strengthens capillaries and reduces cholesterol levels. Rutin also helps to lower high blood pressure. Perhaps this is why Violets are often considered “good medicine” for both physical and emotional heart problems.
Here are some articles for further reading on edible flowers, and Violets in particular:
Medicinal Violet Recipes
Here are some medicinal recipes, such as Violet tea, that will help with many of the ailments listed above:
Lovely Violet Recipes
There are so many lovely and fun ways to use Violets in your food! Here are some of my favorite recipes that I have found!