The 2016 A-Z Challenge brought to you by The Letter "V"
Hello! And welcome to the 2016 A-Z CHALLENGE!!
* confetti *
This year, I’m blogging my way through a botanical alphabet.
I hope you enjoy your time here and by all means,
come back tomorrow and see what plant I’m highlighting next! Cheers!!
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The humble Violet was once the national flower of Athens. Pliny the Elder wrote that it was good for gout and spleen disorders. He also mentioned that a garland of Violets, when worn like a crown, may banish headaches and dizziness. Whether it works or not, I don't know, but I do know you'll look pretty trying :).
Since 500 B.C. Violet has been recorded to be beneficial for skin cancer when the fresh leaves are used in a poultice. The leaves and flowers of violet are used in cough syrups and for helping with upper respiratory ailments including asthma. Violet might also be helpfu lfor tumors, boils, abscesses, pimples, swollen glands, and malignant growths.
Some say the name "Violet" comes from the Latin "vias" which means "wayside" referring to where they grow. Violet flowers are a herald of spring and a symbol of love and affection. It has been used for centuries in perfumes and the flowers can be used to make an uplifting tea. You can also candy the flowers and use them to decorate cakes! Lovely, helpful, and tasty; I'd say, Violet is dang near perfect!
All research references can be found in my Library of Botanical Miscellany.
These posts are in NO WAY medical suggestions. They are intended for informational purposes only.
If you are interested in pursuing natural, herbal remedies, get thee to a reputable herb shop (preferably one that is locally and independently owned and operated) and get educated!
It’s ridiculous that anyone writing about herbal and traditional remedies should have to put a disclaimer at the end of anything.
Use your brain and think for yourself! Just as you shouldn't take a pharmaceutical at face value,
do your herbal research and learn about the amazing plants around us.