I love spring! Here are some quotes about flowers.
Perfumes are the feelings of flowers.
Where flowers bloom so does hope.
- Lady Bird Johnson
The Earth laughs in flowers
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
A cherry tree
And there are no flowers,
But the spring breeze
Brings forth myriad blossoms.
- Ikkyu Sojun, 1394-1481
“The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.”
About violets as medicine:
Are high in vitamin C and A
Are cooling and moistening for the body helping with cough, congestion, headache, inflammation, swelling
The leaves have been used for breast cysts, lumps, cancer.
Make a wonderful moistening and softening oil or creme
Help heal wounds and broken hearts
Pansies or Johnny-Jump-Ups can be used the same way.
Violet flower essence helps one to let one’s essence flow to others without fear of losing the Self, to “trust that the Self will be warmed and revealed by others, so that their beautiful soul nature may be shared with the world.” (Flower Essence Repertory)
Here’s a recipe using Violet leaves:
Creamy Violet Green Soup from Susun Weed
2 Tbs. Olive oil
1 cup sliced wild leeks
4 cups violet leaves
4 cups water
salt to taste
4 cups organic milk
Saute leeks in oil for 3 minutes. Add chopped violet leaves. Stir for a minute. Add water and salt and bring to a simmer. Cook about 15 minutes then puree in a blender or through a seive. Reheat, adding milk. Garnish with a few violet blossoms and a dusting of nutmeg before serving. Also good cold.
Leaves are great in salad, mixed in with the basil for pesto.
Here’s a great science experiment to do with your kids:
Violet Leaf Litmus Test
2 jars full of violet blossoms
Fill 2 jars of any size with violet blossoms. Make an infusion by filling the jars of violets with boiling water, capping and steeping overnight. Divide the contents of one jar into 3 containers. Add lemon juice to one. It will turn purple/red- this is your acid indicator. Add baking soda to another. It will turn green/yellow- this is your base or alkaline indicator. Set these aside. Pour contents of second jar of violet infusion into as many small containers as you have soil or other samples to test. Mix the soil or substance to be tested with the plain violet infusion in the container and see what color it turns. Match colors to indicator jars to see if it is acid or alkaline.
Please share your violet recipes and experiences!