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08/11/2019 / By Zoey Sky
Wild violets bear beautiful flowers, but some people think of the plant as an annoyance that can take over a well-manicured lawn. But did you know that the wild violets, also called common blue violets, can be used to make natural remedies to boost your immunity? (h/t to TheSurvivalMom.com)
Wild violets (Viola sororia) are different from African violets (Saintpaulia ionantha). One main difference is that the latter is mostly grown as ornamental houseplants and they aren’t edible.
Wild violets bear purple flowers and heart-shaped leaves, but they can also come in various shades of purple or white. Wild violets grow in clumps. The plant usually reaches at least four to six inches in height, but they can occasionally grow a bit taller.
Wild violets can be found in Zones 3 through 9 and they grow in areas of partial shade. A clump of wild violets can be transplanted to a garden. Take note that wild violets tend to spread if you don’t place them in individual containers.
Here are 10 survival uses of wild violets:
Wild violets can often be harvested from May to June in most areas. Gather the flowers and use the petals fresh. Alternatively, you can dry some violet flowers for use throughout the year.
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Make sure you only harvest wild violets from areas that aren’t sprayed with any pesticides. It is best to harvest them in the morning when the blossoms are fresh and perky.
The basic syrup formula is one part violet leaf decoction to two or three parts honey.
The wild violet and honey cough syrup has a shelf life of about a month. Add several tablespoons of vodka, brandy, or an herbal tincture to make the syrup last longer. Label the syrup properly.
To use the syrup, give one to two teaspoons to children and one tablespoon for adults at least five times per day, until their cough is cured.
Interested in other natural cures that you can grow right in your garden? Visit SurvivalMedicine.news to learn more.
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