Happy Wednesday, wondrous wildcrafters!
This week’s herbal inspiration is being derived from a delicate beauty, violet (Viola odorata).
The violet listed is the most common used in a medicinal context – a European variety that has made it’s way into proliferation and popularity all over North America.
Known widely as an effective alternative, or blood cleanser, this plant can be taken internally to rid the body of toxins and even shrink tumours.
Violet leaf and flower can be used topically in a poultice (mashed up and placed on effected area) for inflammation and abrasions.
High in Vitamins A and C, these are found raw in wild food preparations such as salads.
Where to find it:
Violet loves water and shade and is most often found in marshy valleys, lush meadows, and shaded mountain sides. It will appear in late spring/early summer around the same time that you begin to see dandelion peaking it’s little golden crowns up. The medicinal variety, Odorata, or Sweet Violet is most typically found on the Northern parts of our coasts here in the states, but I have found her blooming abundantly in our very own Sandias.
Gather a small percentage of the flowers when encountered as well as young leaf. These can be take raw, infused in an oil (making sure to spread out on a towel or basket to evaporate some of the moisture) and used as a topical lymph rub or serum.
As always, be conscientious of your surroundings, the needs of the other creatures in the ecosystem in which they bloom.
Leave the plant itself and only take the parts which you plan on using.
Happy wildcrafting, friends!