sweet violet(redirected from V papilionacea)
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sweet violetA perennial herb that contains flavonoids, methyl salicylate, odoratine (an alkaloid), saponins and volatile oil; it is diuretic, expectorant and mildly sedative.
In traditional Chinese medicine, sweet violet has been used for inflammation and mumps.
In Western herbal medicine, sweet violet is used internally for anxiety, hangovers, headaches, insomnia, sore throat and respiratory infections, and topically for cracked nipples; it was once believed to be effective for skin cancer.
Nausea and vomiting.