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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.

VIOLET


Latin Name: Viola odorata

Alternate Names: Heartsease, Hu-chin-tsao (Chinese)

Family: VIOLACEAE

Parts Used: Leaves, flowers.

Properties: Alterative, Antifungal, Antiseptic, Demulcent, Diuretic, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Laxative.

Internal Uses: Acne, Anger, Asthma, Boils, Breast Cancer, Bronchitis, Colds, Cysts, Eczema, Fever, Fibrocystic Breast, Gout, Grief, Headache, Lung Cancer, Lymphatic Congestion, Mastitis, Melanoma, Postoperative Recovery, Psoriasis, Rheumatism, Sore Throat, Thread Veins, Throat Cancer, Tongue Cancer, Tumors, Ulcers, Whooping Cough

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules, Syrup for coughs and lung congestion.
Violet leaf tea is safe, gentle and can be used as a substitute for baby aspirin. It is a mild laxative and also used for cancers of the breast, lung, skin, throat and tongue.

Topical Uses: Breast Cancer, Breast Cysts, Cancer, Corns, Headache, Melanoma, Sore Throat, Tinnitus, Warts

Topical Applications: Compress or poultice for breast cysts and cancers (including breast and skin). Also apply a cloth soaked in Violet tea to the back of the neck to treat headaches. Use in ointment for corns and warts. Oil infused with Violets is used to treat tinnitus. Gargle for sore throat. At one time, wearing a garland of Violets around the head was used to prevent dizziness, hangovers and headaches.

Culinary uses: As long as the leaves are heart shaped, they are edible in salads or as a potherb. Flowers are edible and make a beautiful garnish. Freeze flowers into ice cubes for a touch of elegance. Violet vinegar is made from the flowers. One can also make Violet sherbet and candied Violets.

Energetics: Pungent, Bitter, Cold, Moist.

Chemical Constituents: Salicylates, saponins, alkaloids (violene), flavonoids, essential oil, beta-carotene, vitamin C.

Contraindications: Leaves contain saponins and if eaten in very large quantities can cause digestive distress. Eating the roots may cause vomiting.

Comments: Mythology recounts that Zeus loved a woman named Ione (Viola). His wife, Hera became jealous and turned her into a white heifer and so Violets were created by Zeus to give her something lovely to graze upon. Romans would plant Violets upon the graves of children. In gardening, Violet leaves are used as a fertilizer for leaf crops. Cherokee Indians have soaked corn seeds in cooled Violet tea to prevent insect damage during germination. Growing Violets by your doorstep is believed by some to calm the heart and offer protection. (Plus, they are edible.) Violets are regarded as a symbol of innocence and modesty. Violets are a traditional remedy for mending broken hearts from loss of a loved one. The Violet is the state flower of Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

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