Sweet Violet - Guidelines for Using Sweet Violet - Uses and Benefits
Common Trade Names
Available as dried and fresh flowers and leaves.
Active compounds have been derived from the roots, seeds, flowers, and leaves of Viola odorata.
Chemical compounds isolated from the seeds, roots, leaves, and flowers of V. odorata include saponin, myrosin, violamin, viola-quercetin, gaultherin, an emetine-like alkaloid (viola-emetin), 2-nitropropionic acid, and odoratine (alkaloid). Methylsalicyclic acid can be found after hydrolysis of gaultherin. More than 100 volatile oils have been isolated from the leaves.
Leaf extracts of V. odorata were found to be comparable with aspirin in reducing pyrexia in animals; a significant reduction in temperature was noted.
V. odorata has been claimed to have several therapeutic uses. Decoctions and syrups made from the leaves and flowers have been used as a cough remedy and sedative and applied topically as an anti-inflammatory. The dried root has been used for treating constipation and as an emetic. Extracts of the leaves and flowers are also used in manufacturing perfumes.
No consensus exists. Various concentrations of decoctions, extracts, and powders have been used, making standardized dosage identification difficult.
GI: cathartic effects.
Laxatives: Additive effect. Monitor the patient.
Contraindications and Precautions
Sweet violet is contraindicated in pregnant or breast-feeding patients; effects are unknown.
Points of Interest
Few data are available concerning the pharmacologic and therapeutic effects of V. odorata. Studies in animals have shown that leaf extracts have antipyretic action comparable to aspirin. The therapeutic usefulness of V. odorata cannot be established.
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