I blogged about my first attempt at wildcrafting this time last year. I can’t tell you how excited I was to have this medicine in my cabinet through the winter months. Now it is time to harvest violets again and you can be sure I will be harvesting way more than what is in the pictures below!
Wildcrafting is the practice of harvesting plants in their natural or wild habitat, for food or medicinal purposes.
Most of my herbal preparations start with dried herbs that I have purchased in bulk but more and more I am branching out to see what I can do with fresh plants around me. While visiting my Granny with my 2 youngest children, we noticed violet flowers(Viola odorata) growing all over her yard. We each grabbed a bag and started picking. I enjoy getting out in nature with my kiddos. They think the medicine in the yard is so cool.
After picking, I placed the violet flowers on a paper towel to sift through to make sure only violet flowers were present.
Then I filled a small jar with the flowers and covered with honey.
I will let this violet honey infuse in the jar for 4-6 weeks.
It will be ready just in time for summer boo boos. Violet honey is known to help with bruises and burns. It can also be taken by the spoonful for sore throats.
Herbal Roots Zine has this to say about violets.
“Violet is very nutritious. It has lots of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), vitamin A, rutin and iron. Both the leaves and flowers are edible and can be added to salads. They are best eaten in the spring while fresh as in the summer when the leaves are older they become tough.
The flowers and leaves are used for treating coughs. A tea or cough syrup can be made from both and is great for treating any type of upper respiratory catarrh, especially bronchitis. An infusion can be used as a gargle for mouth and throat infections, drank as tea for urinary infections and rheumatism. A tincture can be externally applied to eczema and taken internally for all other ailments listed above. Violet is also known as the anti-cancer herb and has even been tested in a laboratory, doing damage to tumors in mice. Because it contains rutin, which strengthens the capillaries, it is good for treating varicose veins.”