Heartsease has a positive effect on the kidneys by increasing the amount of urine, and eliminating more toxins. This is helpful for all kinds of kidney and bladder problems, like infections, stones, sand, difficulty in passing urine and cystitis, as well as rheumatism as it helps the cause of rheumatic pain to be excreted from the body with the urine. Also, promotes bile secretion and sputum.
Heartsease is recommended by herbalists to treat various skin problems, like boils, eczema, herpes, urticaria, pimples, acne, or dermatoses. It can be used internally, as a tea, as well as externally, either for washing and cleaning (as a tea) or as a poultice placed on the problematic area.
Heartsease treatment is also good against skin problems of babies. You can use it against cradle cap and other problems of the baby skin.
The antitussive properties of the heartsease plant lend it to being used to treat respiratory conditions such as asthma and whooping cough. It also soothes inflammations and irritations in the mucus membranes of the throat and loosens and eliminates phlegm.
The main use of the Heartsease is its blood cleansing abilites and to promote the metabolism. You can use it in springtime as a regimen to stop spring tiredness.
Also problems of the nervous system can be treated with Heartsease. It helps against nervousness, inflammation of the nerves, sleeplessness and the tendency to get febrile seizures.
Heartsease or wild pansy, Viola tricolor, is also sometimes called garden violet (which is a name also sometimes used for the sweet violet), johnny jumper, love-in-Idleness, Love Idol, Cuddle Me, Meet-me-in-the-Entry. Kiss-her-in-the-Buttery. Three-Faces-under-a-Hood, Godfather and Godmother, Banwort, Banewort and stepmother herb. It’s closely related to the sweet violet.
The Pansy is one of the oldest favourites in the English garden and the affection for it is shown in the many names that were given it. The Anglo-Saxon name was Banwort or Bonewort, because it was used to help broken bones heal.
'Love in Idleness' is still in use in Warwickshire. In ancient days the plant was much used for its potency in love charms, hence perhaps its name of Heartsease. It is this flower that plays such an important part as a love-charm in the Midsummer Night's Dream.
The characteristic shape of the heartsease is familiar in extensive hybridized forms sold as bedding plants in all the colors of the rainbow. They are popular with children, who like the fact that the flowers look like faces. The wild heartsease is a powerful remedial herb, that is specially good for children because it is mild.
Preparation: Put a teaspoon of heartsease into a 200ml cup of boiled water. Cover it and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink a cup three times per day.
Heartsease may have additive effects when taken with antibiotic, antibacterial, antifungal, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory drugs, and drugs that clear mucus from the lungs.
Precaution: Heartsease may increase the risk of bleeding when taken with drugs that increase the risk of bleeding. Some examples include aspirin, anticoagulants ("blood thinners") such as warfarin (Coumadin©) or heparin, anti-platelet drugs such as clopidogrel (Plavix©), and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Motrin©, Advil©) or naproxen (Naprosyn©, Aleve©).
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