Last spring I read about violet infused honey and my curiosity was piqued. These tiny wildflowers grow abundantly in my area and I was intrigued with the idea. Violets provide a sweet memory to me because my grandmother loved violets of most any kind. she had african violets in her window, pressed wild violets in a frame, tiny vases with violets adorning them and delicate hand embroidered hankies. It's perfect that it was she who introduced me to violet candies. I remember thinking it strange to eat something flavored with flowers and yet I loved the taste. It seemed old fashioned yet dainty and exotic. So when I read an article on violet infused honey I decided I must try this! Sadly, I was just beyond the time of year when I could harvest violets. Violets are one of the first flowers to usher in springtime, when it's still cool. Once the heat of summer begins only the leaves,rich in vitamin c, remain. This year I vowed not to miss the opportunity to harvest the precious, sweet scented, lightly flavored, delicate flowers before they were spent and make my own infused honey. I have successfully harvested for 3 days and have 2 half quart jars infusing so far. it is a slow but rewarding process and in the meantime I am reading and learning about the benefits of this springtime beauty.
It makes sense on a divine level why we are given this flower to refresh our bodies after a long winter. According to an article by Jessica Godino from red moon herbs "Taking Violet after a long winter is a wonderful way to get our bodies ready for a healthy and energetic spring. Violet also supports the immune system, helping to clear infections of all kinds. Soothing and cooling, it helps reduce fever and inflammation. It can be useful in treating sinus infections, bronchitis, sore throats and coughs."(http://www.susunweed.com/An_Article_wisewoman3e.htm)
Beyond of course the lovely flavor and aroma of this delicate plant there are also some additional appealing benefits. Godino tells us, "Medicinally, violet is a gentle but potent remedy. It is classified as an alterative (or "blood purifier"), which means it helps the body restore optimal functioning by aiding metabolic processes, especially the elimination of waste products. Violet stimulates the lymphatic glands, helping the body get rid of bacteria and other toxins. It is especially useful for swollen glands. Over time, violet can help clear stubborn problems like eczema, psoriasis, and acne.Violet leaves can even help to shrink tumors and cancers. They are most effective when taken both internally and used externally as a poultice. They are also helpful in clearing up other growths and lumps such as cysts, mastitis, and fibrocystic breasts." (http://www.susunweed.com/An_Article_wisewoman3e.htm)
Of course, after reading and researching I am realizing there are many more recipes and uses for violets. I will have several more days of harvest ahead in order to try more of the wondrous ways violets can be used. In this extensive and informative series of articles Lucinda from Whispering Earth details her many uses for violets. (http://whisperingearth.co.uk/category/herbs/violet/) Among them a lovely sounding recipe for a breast oil to encourage lymphatic movement. Naturally this is a must try recipe for me. I will write about the details once I do.
that struggle to take time to self nurture and heal.EasterSpringtimeI feel every busy mom would benefit from pampering the lymphatic system. Especially those of us , Happy I am once again drawn to the divinity in the benefits of violets as I have been on a quest to heal myself gently and naturally. I believe that I have compromised my lymphatic system from years of motherhood, too much stress, staying up later, not enough sleep, exercise or proper food choices. I have committed Myself to becoming healthier daily, exercising and taking care of myself better. So I'm off to harvest more violets, so I can make more recipes, while my violet infused honey becomes a sweet and healthful delicacy. I hope you are inspired to take a new look at what grows around you and consider the healthful benefits it might provide. You might just be surprised with what you find. Springtime is a great time for new discovery as well as a perfect time to look at what is old and make it new again. I'm looking forward to tasting the reminiscent flavor of violets infused into honey and the benefits to the lymphatic system this lovely might render! Until then, Happy Easter, Happy springtime, Happy Herbal Hunting!