(Herbs Knowledge) Pansy

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Pansy Scientific Names and Common Names,Pansy Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Pansy Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Herbs Knowledge) Pansy


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties | Biochemical Information
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Warning | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Viola tricolor L.ViolaceaeViolet family

Common Names

Butterfly flower
Cull me to you
Garden violet
Johnny jumper
Three faces in a hood
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Parts Usually Used

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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

The pansy is an annual plant; the soft, angular, hollow stem, 4-12 inches high, bears alternate, ovate to lanceolate, toothed leaves on the lower part of the plant. Stipules are large, leaflike, and strongly divided. The solitary, axillary flowers may be yellow, blue, violet, or two-colored, the flowering time is from March to October.
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Where Found

Widely cultivated as a garden ornamental but is also found wild in fields and meadows, heaths, moors, sunny banks, and along the edges of forests in North America, northern Asia, and Europe.
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Medicinal Properties

Anodyne, demulcent, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, vulnerary
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Biochemical Information

Mucilage, salicylic acid, saponins, a flavonic glycoside called violaquercetin
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Legends, Myths and Stories

Although pansy is known as heart’s ease, there is another herb known as heart’s ease or lady’s thumb (Polygonum persicaria L.). Lady’s thumb is of the buckwheat family and has no similarity whatsoever to the pansy.

Legend has it that the flowers, originally white, were turned purple by one of Cupid’s arrows, thus the basal leaves are heart-shaped.

Used medicinally since ancient times; once used in love potions, hence the name of heart’s ease.
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An infusion is useful for skin eruptions, diarrhea, and urinary problems, fevers, mild sedative, blood purifier, asthma, heart palpitations, jaundice, gout, rheumatic problems, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, dry throat, pleurisy, itch, cough, blemished skin, psoriasis, acne, sebhorrheic skin (scaly) diseases, cradle cap in infants and children, convulsions, epilepsy, sores, ulcers, varicose veins, prevents colds, bedwetting, retinal hemorrhages, tendency to bruise easily, hives, diaper rash, nervous complaints, hysteria, chest congestion, lung inflammations, and cramps in children. The dried and powdered plant can be applied to wounds or made into a salve with honey for external use.
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Formulas or Dosages

Harvest while flowering.

Infusion: steep 1 to 2 tsp. plant in 1/2 cup boiling water. Take 1 cup a day, a mouthful at a time.

Cold extract: soak 2 to 4 tsp. plant in 1 cup cold water for 8 hours. Take 1 cup a day, a mouthful at a time.
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Contains saponins; may be toxic in larger doses. May induce nausea and vomiting.

Excessive doses or prolonged, continuous use can lead to skin problems.
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