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.
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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).
VIOLA ODORATA A wonderfully perfumed tiny purple-flowered violet with heartshaped leaves, it thrives in any shaded spot.
I also like iris inguicularis which blooms from November to March with purple flowers and viola odorata, which has white or blue scented flowers from February to April.
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.
The sweet violet, Viola odorata, is the violet of herbal tradition, but others may be used in its place with similar results.
ASNOWDROPS have a warm honey scent, but I would suggest violets (Viola odorata), wallflowers, primroses, hyacinths and jonquils (Narcissus jonquilla).
Richly fragrant flowers have made sweet violet (Viola odorata) a long-time favorite of gardeners.