Viola Tricolor - Bratek
Viola (Viola Odorata and Viola Tricolor) are known as sweet violets, miniature pansies, and Johnny-jump-ups. In herbal medicine, the plant is often referred to as heartsease because of its ability to strengthen blood vessels.
Violas are known to have strong anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. The plant is often used to gently stimulate the circulatory and immune systems. Most people can benefit from the cleansing properties of a viola spring-tonic.
Violas make excellent additions to cough syrups. They do not suppress the coughing reflex, but act as a strong expectorant to rid the lungs of phlegm. Viola tinctures are good treatments for colds and bronchitis.
Violas have anti-microbial properties that are excellent treatments for skin problems like boils, abscess, skin ulcers, diaper rashes, varicose veins, and insect bites. Just mash up the leaves and apply as a poultice.
Violas are sometimes used as a laxative and as a remedy for rheumatism. They are also used in gargles for sore throat and mouth infections. Violas are good for treating digestive conditions including stubborn urinary tract infections.
The herb is sometimes used as an anti-tumor remedy. Violas may prove useful in the treatment and prevention of secondary cancer tumors. Preliminary findings suggest that violas contain substances that can help control the growth of breast and lung cancers.