Monday, March 25, 2019

Herbarium: Magical and Medicinal Uses of Sweet Violet

Magical and Medicinal Uses of Sweet Violet. Includes FREE BOS page!

Gender: Feminine
Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Powers: Healing, Peace, Protection, Love, Luck, Lust, Resurrection, Wishes
Magical Uses and History:  Sweet Violets, not to be confused with African Violets, are commonly associated with love and rebirth. According to the myth of Attis, Attis fell in love with a princess. Unbeknownst to him, the goddess Cybele was deeply in love with him. Upon seeing her love fall for another, she drove Attis mad in revenge. He ran crazily through the mountains before finally stopping at a pine tree where he castrated and killed himself. From his blood sprang the first violets, new life from death. Furthermore, the leaves of violets are shaped like hearts, further associating them with love. Violet leaves can be placed in your shoes for 7 days to attract love. It can also be mixed with lavender to promote love and arose lust. Supposedly gathering the first violets of spring will grant you your dearest wish.

Sweet Violets are also associated with water and nymphs due to a reference made by Homer in his epic Odyssey. When they reach the land of the nymphs, Ogygia refers to the area as "the land of parsley and violets." As such, the Greeks would wear violet to calm tempers and help induce sleep. It was even said to cure headaches and protect against evil spirits.

Violets can be used in a number of spells including:
     Love Spells
     Protection Magic
     Rebirth/Ressurection Magic

Medicinal Uses: Sweet Violet has a long history of being used for treating coughs and bronchitis as well as upper respiratory catarrh as it contains chemicals that break up mucus. Furthermore, it has been used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and rheumatism due to containing high levels of methyl salicylate and has even been used to treat cancer. Sweet Violet also contain high levels of saponins, which are antimicrobial, lending to its use in treating urinary tract infections and upper respiratory tract infections.

Preparation and Dosage: Internally, Sweet Violets can be made into an infusion or tincture. To make an infusion pour one cup of boiling water into 1 teaspoon of dried violet leaves and let it infuse for 10-15 minutes. Drink up to three times a day. For a tincture, take 1-2 milliliters up to three times a day. Externally, it can be used in a hot compress or as an ointment. To make a hot compress, create a strong violet tea and dip linen in the tea, gently strain, and apply to the affected area. To make a violet ointment, place 2 ounces of lard in the oven until it becomes clear. Place 36 fresh violet leaves in the lard and stew for about 1 hour until the leaves have the consistency of cooked cabbage. Strain and pour the lard into a sealable jar. This ointment can be applied to eczema or the throat to help ease a sore throat.

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