(Viola odorata) The whole plant is anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, and laxative.
It is taken internally in the treatment of bronchitis, respiratory catarrh, coughs, and asthma. Externally, it is typically used to treat mouth and throat infections.
The flowers are demulcent and emollient and are used in the treatment of biliousness and lung troubles. The petals are made into a syrup and used in the treatment of infantile disorders.
I have seen this absolute recommended in various mature skin care blends. Victoria Edwards says that it acts as a sedative, a liver decongestant, and a circulatory stimulant, that it treats aging and problem skin, blackheads, and enlarged pores.
Emotionally, Violet leaf is said to support the emotions and the heart...to soothe both nostalgia and obsession....Worwood describes it as "silent, seductive, and persuasive...helps you to realize your potential." She recommends it for timidity of the spirit, shyness, to overcome fears and shyness.
Energetically and ritualistically, it is an oil of springtime, and of new beginnings and new growth.
Information courtesy of http://www.naturesgift.com
"If you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin."