Blue Violet Viola odorata
Ancient Greeks considered the Violet plant a symbol of fertility and love, and used it in love potions. The ancient physician Pliny, recommended that a garland of them be worn around the head to ward off dizzy spells, headaches, and induce calm and sleep. Later on Violet was found to be useful as a cough remedy. For decades, the aboriginal tribes of India have used the plant as a complete cure for cancer. They use the leaves to relieve the pain of cancerous growths, especially in the throat. It is believed that a Violet water extract of the leaves or the leaf juice is effective in the cure of tongue-cancer.
Today Violet is still used as a cough remedy, and as a treatment for bronchitis and upper respiratory catarrh. This plant is also used for treating skin conditions such as eczema and rheumatism. It can be effective in healing internal ulcers, tumors, swollen glands, and abscesses.