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Viola odorata

Violets are lovely harbingers of spring. Early in the season when the sun barely warms the ground they put out their lovely violet flowers, a promise of the coming season. In mythology, Violets are linked to Jupiter and Io, one of his beloveds. Fearing the revenge of his jealous wife Jupiter changed Io into a Heifer and created Violets to be her fragrant food. Although these days they are not much used for food or medicine, in the past they were highly respected. Violet syrup and candied Violet flowers were eagerly anticipated as seasonal delicacies. Their healing and cosmetic virtues are equally esteemed since at least the 10th century. The essential oil is relatively new and very precious to aromatherapy, as previously it was only used in perfumery. Going by the traditional uses and high regard that the ancients held for this herb its availability to aromatherapy holds a lot of promise.

Violet oil can be used to treat swellings and bruises as it is soothing and cooling. In aromatherapy skin care it makes an excellent moisturiser and emollient, which also gently tightens pores and thread veins. It is indicated for acne, eczema and dermatitis. Violet can also be used to stimulate circulation and aids fibrosis and rheumatism. Grieves reports anti-cancer and anti tumour activity of the leaves. This may prove a very interesting and promising area of research.

Violets bring peace. They may be used to dispel anger and cool heated tempers. Violets ward off evil spirits and protect against nightmares. They are sacred to Dionysos and symbolise abundance and fertility, yet they are also associated with death - particularly the untimely death of children. Thus, they can be used to meditate on the mysteries of life, death and rebirth and the abundance of the earth womb, where all life is created and to which it will return.

A strong, herbaceous, green scent. Blends well with Clary Sage, Hyacinth, Narcissus, Rose, Immortelle and Mimosa.

1ml* Dilution. 1ml: 9ml Light Coconut Oil.