Pansy for Herbal Naturopathy: properties, benefits, uses, side effects

Pansy is a useful remedy especially for skin problems, including acne and psoriasis.

Thought violet, features

The pansy is a wild plant belonging to the Violaceae family.

There are two varieties of purple:

  1. Viola tricolor arvensis, of small size and with white flowers,
  2. Purple tricolor vulgaris, larger and with violet flowers. 

These are annual or biennial species that, in both cases, do not exceed 40 centimeters in height, developing toothed leaves.

The pansy is native to the temperate areas of Europe and Asia. It is found in shady and cool areas in the spontaneous state.
It is grown for herbal use.

Violet: therapeutic properties

The panging violet has mainly:

  • Purifying properties;
  • diuretic;
  • analgesic;
  • eudermic;
  • anti-inflammatory

Violet, active ingredients

The viola contains:

  • Salicylic acid;
  • mucilage;
  • tannins;
  • saponins.

Several antioxidant compounds including anthocyanidins, carotenoids and flavonoids.

Thought violet for the skin

Of the pansy the whole plant is used, harvested during flowering, to treat inflammations and skin diseases such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and problems due to excess sebum, as well as to relieve skin itching and promote the healing of ulcers.

Taken during breastfeeding, violet also helps speed up the healing of the milky crust in newborns.

In addition, it seems that violet is able to stimulate liver function, bile secretion and diuresis and is therefore also used in spring depurative therapies to stimulate metabolism and eliminate metabolic waste especially in people who manifest problems at the skin level.

Uses of the thought violet

To assume and integrate the pansy we find different formulations, to be chosen according to the use and purpose of the treatment. For indoor or outdoor use.

  • Infusion of pansy

It is prepared with two teaspoons of the drug for each cup of water, leaving to infuse for about ten minutes. It is consumed several times a day after meals for a few weeks in case of acne and skin problems.

  • Mother tincture of violet

50 drops diluted in a glass of water are administered, up to three times a day.

  • Violet syrup

It is prepared with 100 grams of violet in a liter and a half of boiling water, leaving to infuse over low heat and with the lid for about five hours. After that, filter, measure the amount of infusion obtained and add 150 grams of sugar per 100 milliliters of infusion.

Put back on the fire and let it boil for a few minutes, until you get the consistency of a syrup. Traditionally, the syrup is used in spring purification treatments by taking up to four teaspoons for one or two months.

  • Pansy Violet Supplements

On the market there are also supplements in the form of dry or fluid extract, to be taken according to what is reported on the product packaging.

  • Pansy-violet compresses

Purple compresses are prepared with 5 grams of the drug in 100 milliliters of warm water. After infusion, the drug is applied lukewarm to the skin to treat acne lesions, eczemapsoriasis, wounds and ulcers.

Side Effects of Pansy

Violet is considered a safe remedy, free of side effects or contraindications to the doses normally used.

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