Viola odorata

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sweet violet

A perennial herb that contains flavonoids, methyl salicylate, odoratine (an alkaloid), saponins and volatile oil; it is diuretic, expectorant and mildly sedative.

Chinese medicine
In traditional Chinese medicine, sweet violet has been used for inflammation and mumps. 

Herbal medicine
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.

Viola odorata,

n See violet.
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Commonly known as the Sweet Violet, Viola odorata was one of the first plants to be grown commercially in Athens in around 400BC and it has been grown for its scent, its medicinal qualities and its cut flowers ever since.
The sweet violet Viola odorata continues to be the most easily recognised, and its hybrid descendants and cultivars are countless.
In Viola odorata (Violaceae), both leaves and petioles of CL plants are much larger than are those of the ancestral CH plants, probably as a result of increased growth rate (acceleration) (Mayers & Lord, 1983a).
WINTER STARS: Stunning eranthis are perfect under shrubs or trees; SUPER-BRIGHT: Rhododendrons prefer moist shade; PERFUMED: Honeysuckle; TINY: Viola odorata
The new Bronnley range contains Viola Odorata, a woodland plant traditionally used for treating wounds; Angelica, which eases aches and pains; Nasturtium, which has antiseptic, healing properties; Arnica, a homeopathic remedy for stiffness bruising and shock; Hollyhock, an emolument; Lupin Oil, for its stress relieving effects; Borage Oil, which soothes; Larkspur, Anemone and Dianthus.
Viola odorata (Violet): As an expectorant, it is useful in the treatment of respiratory catarrh.
VIOLA odorata, a european native of hedges and woodland, flowers between February and May producing fragrant flowers in white, violet, lilac or pink.
YES, ordinary pansy flowers can be used to decorate cakes and add colour to salads but for the sweetest flavour you should grow Parma violet, Viola odorata.