Violet Leaf Absolute Essential Oil

Type of plant: Small perennial plant with dark-green, heart-shaped leaves and small, deep-violet flowers

Part used: Leaves

Method of extraction: Solvent and CO2 extraction

Data: The leaves are mentioned in old European herbals, recommended for a wide range of conditions, including bad breath, urinary tract infections, aches and pains, skin rashes, and bruising. The methods they used were infused oils and poultices. Violet pastilles were once a common European candy for sweetening breath, while violet flowers are still crystallized for cake and confectionery decoration. Violet syrups were once widely used in Europe as a throat salve, but today gourmet violet syrups are more likely to be found in floral-flavored cocktails.

Principal places of production: Egypt, France, Italy, Greece

When buying look for: A dark-green, viscous liquid with a green, earthy, mossy, floral aroma

Therapeutic properties: Analgesic, antiseptic, astringent, cytophylactic, diuretic, emollient, soporific, stimulant

Therapeutic uses: Rheumatic conditions, fluid retention, edema, cellulite, stress-induced acne, prematurely aged skin, bruising, sore skin, nervous exhaustion; skin care and perfumery

Blends well with: Benzoin, bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile german, clary sage, clove bud, galbanum, geranium, ho wood, jasmine, lemon, linden blossom, mandarin, may chang, melissa, mimosa, myrtle, neroli, orange (sweet), petitgrain, rose absolute, rose otto, rosewood, spikenard

Precautionary advice: No contraindications known