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Heartsease Viola tricolor

 

Family: Violaceae

---Synonyms---Heartsease, Wild Pansy, garden violet, Johnny jumper, stepmother

Parts Used: Herb

Active Compounds:  Flavonoids, including violanthin, rutin, violaquercitrin

Methylsalicylate

Miscellaneous; mucilage gums, resin, saponin.

 

---Medicinal Action and Uses---

Expectorant, diuretic, anti-inflammatory.

Traditionally used for bronchitis and rheumatism, Heartsease is especially valued remedy for treating skin disease. Used both internally and topically it is good for eczema, psoriasis and acne. It is also helpful in cases of cradlecap in babies.

Employed in treating frequent and painful urination in conditions such as cystitis. Both the salicylates and the rutin contained in the plant are anti-inflammatory; it is used traditionally for treating arthritis. The saponins in the plant account for its expectorant action while its mucilage content soothes the chest. 

Heartsease is used to treat a range of respiratory disorders such as bronchitis and whooping cough. Due to the high concentration of rutin in the flowers, this herb may be employed to prevent bruising and broken capillaries, to check the build up of fluid in the tissues and to reduce atherosclerosis and in so doing help reduce blood pressure. Heartsease is mildly laxative.

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