Healing Weeds - Getting a closer contact with the healing world of herbs and wild plants.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Wild Pansy

Viola tricolor
A.k.a. Heartsease   
NL: Driekleurig viooltje / F: Pensée sauvage

Another spontaneous plant that can beautifully decorate our gardens as well as take part in original salad creations. It is rich in beta carotene and vitamin C.

This plant has been used in traditional herbalism for a long list of conditions, including:
  • bronchitis, asthma and other respiratory conditions, for its expectorant properties.
  • skin irritations, psoriasis, acne and eczema - as a blood purifying herb.
  • rheumatism and cystitis, due to its diuretic properties and salicylic acids.

There is no scientific data on toxicity or risks of overconsumption, even though some herbalists warn that nausea and skin irritation can appear as a result of using too much of it.

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