Spring is in the air!! With the plant life stirring all around us, pretty soon we will start to see violets poking their beautiful bright heads up from the earth too! Beyond being a pretty flower to look at and stumble across on your hikes or in your backyard, violet is also an amazing herb filled with many beneficial qualities. In this article, I want to share with you 3 ways we love using violet here at Alpine Botanicals.
1. As a yummy edible flower!
Mindfully pluck the flowers as they spring up along your path or garden and toss them into your salads, on top of your cakes and sweet treats, or simply enjoy nibbling them on their own. Not only are they tasty and lend a gorgeous pop of color on top of your favorite dishes, fresh violet flowers are also rich in an array of nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. Surprise and impress your friends or guests this Spring by garnishing your food with them.
2. As a nerve-soothing herbal tea.
While fresh violet flowers are best eaten raw, violet leaf is best prepared as an herbal tea! Violet leaf can help soothe the nerves and calm general restlessness and agitation. We adore violet for it’s gentle yet profound effect on the nervous system. The flavor is quite mild with bitter notes depending on how long you brew it for. We sell the dried leaf here at Alpine Botanicals in bulk by the ounce so be sure to ask our staff more about blending violet in your tea formula next time you’re in.
3. As a lymphatic mover.
Believe it or not, this gentle little flower also carries amazing supportive abilities for helping move stagnant lymph. Traditionally, violet is referred to as a “blood purifier” and natural detoxifier. When our lymph is pumping fluidly throughout the body, this helps “cleanse” our blood, preventing toxicants from building up in stagnant areas.
While you can enjoy violet leaf tea as a lymphatic supporting aid, we love infusing violet into a nourishing carrier oil like Sweet Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil then gently massaging into the skin. Obviously, movement and exercise are great for helping flush the blood and lymph as well so rub your violet oil on then go move outside and celebrate Spring!
Curious to learn more about violet and other herbs? Ask our staff of certified herbalists next time you’re at Alpine Botanicals!
About the Author:
Heather Saba is a Certified Clinical Herbalist and Nutritionist, Medical Anthropologist, Writer, Whole-Body Wellness Coach, and Holistic Educator. She sees clients both in-person and through Skype in the Alpine Botanicals clinic room and at her office in Boulder for one-on-one herbal + nutritional wellness sessions, including custom herbal formulations. Connect with her on her personal website (www.heathersaba.com) and Instagram (@heathersaba).