Pathway 17: The Lovers
Ingredients: Violet leaf infused olive oil, Violet absolute
Properties: Gentle lymphatic. Cooling demulcent. Soothes inflamed conditions and matters of the heart. Helps lungs, throat, chest to be soothed, cooled, and calmed. High in Vitamin A & C, calcium, and magnesium.
Suggested Usage: Apply as desired for treatment or pleasure.
Wisdom/Story/Inspiration: Viola odorata replicates herself in 3 ways. Chasmogamous- scented or pollinator attracting; Cleistogamous- self pollinating, opening to drop its seeds; AND rhizome spreading. She can dissolve hard lumps in the body and has a special affinity for the breasts. Decreasing swelling and tenderness from fibrocystic lumps to pms to cancer. May have been one of the original scents used as a perfume. Her heart shaped leaved indicate her affinity with the heart, soothing inflamed conditions there as well as assuaging heartache and grief. Violet's ability to clear and dissipate heat in the head helps to ease headache and tension. Gladdens the Heart. She is also an amazing (and typically more gentle than most) lymphatic, can clear congestion, swollen glands, and bowels. The nostalgic sent of her flowers can transport and awaken the memory palace. She holds deep grandmother energy, and many say it reminds them of their grandmothers. She was one of the original wild foods, and any above ground part of the plant is edible. The mucilage of violet can help hydrate dry mucus in the lungs to enable expectoration, soothing respiratory conditions of flu, bronchitis, and various coughs.
Disclaimer: Do not eat roots