Sweet Violet Leaf tea health benefits range from improving mood, relieving arthritic pain, reducing fever and flu symptoms to protecting the heart. This legendary herb, known to have been Napoleon's favourite flower, is said to "remove the sadness form the heart". It's famous for its sweet powdery scent and is used in skin care and food preparation.

Violets are one of natures wonders - so humble, yet makes such a majestic smell.

They have been used in various ways by people for centuries, one of the most beloved flowers, useful many things in daily life.

To read a bit more about Sweet Violet, and get ideas on how to use it, read our blog: A Self-Care Day With Sweet Violet

Now, let's see violet's main health benefits:

Improves Mood and Relieves Pain

Immunity and Respiratory Support

Anti-Inflammatory Pain Killer

Improves Heart Health

Skin Care and Cosmetics

Improves Mood and Relieves Pain

Sweet Violets have been used in herbal medicine to treat ailments such as depression, headaches, to ease pain and emotional upset, as well as treat insomnia.

The violet was a symbol of ancient Athens believed to strengthen and comfort the heart, moderate anger, and promote refreshing sleep.

Due to its sweet and powdery scent, this herb has been used in aromatherapy, in perfume-making throughout history, going all the way back to Classical Greece. In medieval Britain, Sweet Violets were also used to create early household deodorants. To be honest, can you imagine a more lovely perfume than violet smell?

Sweet Violets are edible, so they're often used as a garnish and added to salads. They're often candied and used to decorate cakes.

Immunity and Respiratory Support

Some of the early European recipes described how cough medicine was made from the blossoms of Sweet Violet.

This herb is very high in Vitamins C and A and has powerful antibacterial properties.

Both flowers and leaves of Sweet Violet have mild demulcent and expectorant properties. The Sweet Violet herb also contains phytochemicals which help thin mucous and break up chest congestion, making it easier to cough up.

Sweet Violet Leaf tea reduces pulmonary inflammation, improving the breath and easing the tedious dry cough. It's especially helpful to people suffering from asthma since it benefits and eases respiration.

Sweet Violet is therefore used to treat a myriad of breathing problems ranging from sudden (acute) and ongoing (chronic) bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, swelling (inflammation) of the respiratory tract, “dust-damaged” lungs, cold and flu symptoms, cough, hoarseness, and chest congestion.

Anti-Inflammatory Pain Killer

With considerable amounts of rutin and salicylic acid (that have similar effects as aspirin), Sweet Violet Leaf Tea is very helpful in relieving pain, inflammation, and body aches, which makes this a wonderful herb to manage flu symptoms.

Sweet Violet is a powerful diaphoretic which promotes sweating, helping to bring down a fever.

Because of these same compounds, Sweet Violet is a pain killer effective against rheumatic pain and the pain in the joints, arthritis.

Improves Heart Health

Apart from being famous for soothing emotional heart, Sweet Violet is also good for our physical heart.

The compound found in Sweet Violet plant - bioflavonoid rutin - has been shown to help blood circulation, to strengthen and increase flexibility in blood vessels. Research also indicates that rutin can help in prevention of blood clots, which helps the heart health and lowers the chances of strokes and heart attacks.

The blood vessels are relaxed and blood tends to flow easier due to alkaloids found in Sweet Violet which have vasolidating effects. All of this is beneficial for decreasing blood pressure, which is a well known contributor to heart disease.

Skin Care and Cosmetics

Sweet Violet is an herb often used in cosmetics to make skin cleansers and perfumes. Sometimes it is applied directly to the skin to treat skin disorders and brighten the skin. Its beautiful violet flowers are often used in making eyeshadows and tinted skin lotions.


Put 2 teaspoons of dried sweet violet into a 200ml cup of boiling water. Let it steep 15 minutes. Then strain and drink it.

To get more ideas about what to do with Sweet Violet, read our blog: A Self-Care Day With Sweet Violet


Sweet Violet is generally considered a safe herb.

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Sweet Violet (Viola Odorata) is extensively cultivated throughout the world, but it is native to Asia, Europe, and Northern Africa.

This plant's scientific name is Viola Odorata and it belongs to the Violaceae family. It is also known as English Violet, Wood Violet, and Common Violet.

According to a legend, a person can only smell sweet violets once, since they "steal your sense of smell". Mother Nature had its own trick with this herb - sweet violets contain a ketone compound called ionone which briefly desensitizes the receptors in the nose, so after you sniff it once, ionone will make it impossible to smell it again for some time.

Violets were Napoleon’s signature flower. He loved them so much that he covered his beloved Josephine’s grave with them and was said to have died wearing a locket of violets from her grave.

Violets have been used from ancient times to make wines. They're also eaten in salads and desserts, as well as used to make cosmetics.

Sweet Violet has a long history of traditional medical use. However, nowadays it is mostly grown as an ornamental plant and has many cultivars.

The violet was a symbol of ancient Athens believed to strengthen and comfort the heart, moderate anger, and promote refreshing sleep.