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Heartsease Viola tricolor
---Synonyms---Heartsease, Wild Pansy, garden violet, Johnny jumper, stepmother
Parts Used: Herb
Active Compounds: Flavonoids, including violanthin, rutin, violaquercitrin
Miscellaneous; mucilage gums, resin, saponin.
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.