Sweet violet

The Scientific name of Sweet violet: Viola odorata

Name of Sweet violet in different languages:-

English: Wood violet, English violet, Common violet, Florist’s violet

Sanskrit: Vanapsa

Hindi: Banafsaj, Banafshah

Malayalam: Vanaspa-വനസ്പ, Vayola

Plant description

It is a perennial plant, growing up to 10 cm. tall, the leaves are dark green, heart-shaped, serrated edges, arranged in a rosette manner, the flowers are deep purple or sometimes blue, five petals, flowering is March – June. The roots are the useful part which is creeping in the soils.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Deltoid Margin-Serrated Venation-Arcuate

Useful plant parts:

Dried root

Medicinal uses:

To treat cancer, whooping cough, sore throat, respiratory ailments, skin problems, digestive disorders, and insomnia.

Chemical contents:

Glycoside, Kaempferol, salicylic acid, Eugenol, Ferulic-acid, Quercetin, Scopoletin

Sweet violet is used as an ingredient to prepare Ayurvedic medicines like:

Gojihwadi Kashaya

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