Wild violets bear beautiful flowers, but some people think of the plant as an annoyance that can take over a well-manicured lawn. But did you know that the wild violets, also called common blue violets, can be used to make natural remedies to boost your immunity? (h/t to TheSurvivalMom.com)
Differentiating wild violets and African violets
Wild violets (Viola sororia) are different from African violets (Saintpaulia ionantha). One main difference is that the latter is mostly grown as ornamental houseplants and they aren't edible.
Wild violets bear purple flowers and heart-shaped leaves, but they can also come in various shades of purple or white. Wild violets grow in clumps. The plant usually reaches at least four to six inches in height, but they can occasionally grow a bit taller.
Wild violets can be found in Zones 3 through 9 and they grow in areas of partial shade. A clump of wild violets can be transplanted to a garden. Take note that wild violets tend to spread if you don't place them in individual containers.
The many uses of wild violets
Here are 10 survival uses of wild violets:
Wild violet petals or leaves can be added to salads or used as an ingredient in sandwiches.
Wild violets can be used as edible decorations for desserts.
Wild violets are full of vitamins A and C, among other nutrients.
You can use wild violet flowers to make jelly, syrup, tea, and vinegar. The flowers can also be used to make candied violets.
Place the fresh or dried violet leaves in a jar. Fill the jar about 1/3 full.
Pour cold water over the leaves, then put the jar in the fridge. Let it soak overnight.
In the morning, simmer the mixture for 15 minutes.
Strain the liquid from the leaves. You'll be left with a strong green-tinged decoction.
Measure out a small amount of the wild violet decoction in a pan, then stir in twice as much honey.
Over very low heat, gently stir the honey and decoction until they are fully incorporated. Don't let the mixture simmer or boil. Keep the heat under 110 F so you don't destroy the benefits of the raw honey.
Let the mixture cool.
Pour the mixture into a sterilized jar and close the lid tightly. Keep the syrup in your refrigerator.
The wild violet and honey cough syrup has a shelf life of about a month. Add several tablespoons of vodka, brandy, or an herbal tincture to make the syrup last longer. Label the syrup properly.
To use the syrup, give one to two teaspoons to children and one tablespoon for adults at least five times per day, until their cough is cured.
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