The wild pansy belongs to the genus Viola. Its scientific name is Viola tricolor. The genus Viola has almost 500 species which are widely distributed throughout the world. The wild pansy is a well – known medicinal plant whose biological activities are associated with its antioxidant capacity. This pansy has a long history of herbal use and it is reputed as a treatment for asthma, epilepsy, skin diseases and other problems.
In the modern herbalism it is considered to be purifying herb and it is taken internally for the treatment of skin problems, such as eczema. This pansy has laxative, vulnerary, emollient, expectorant, depurative, diaphoretic, demulcent and many other properties. It is expectorant which means that it is helpful for the treatment of chest problems, such as bronchitis and whooping cough.
The flower buds or young leaves of this pansy are consumed cooked or raw. You can add them to soups to thicken it. You can make a tea from this pansy. You can add small attractive flowers to salads or you can use it as garnish. The species with yellow flowers when they are consumed in high quantities cause diarrhea. The flowering time of wild pansy is from May to September. It has creamy white, yellow, violet or purplish flowers which are from 1.5 to 4.5 cm across. The wild pansy grows in well – drained soil. The size of this plant is 15 cm in height.
The wild pansy is annual or short – lived perennial herb. The leaves of this pansy are effective home remedy for the acidity. The extract of this pansy is helpful for the skin conditions. It can be used to treat cutaneous eruptions. You should know that the plant decoction might cause dermatitis in some people, so you should be careful when you are using it. If you have never used this pansy before, you need to talk with your doctor about the best way of using it.
Health benefits of wild pansy
The wild pansy has the ability to treat skin and respiratory problems and it can help to cure urinary ailments. This home remedy can be used to treat the cystitis and the frequent urination.
The wild pansy has expectorant properties which can help in the treatment of respiratory problems, such as bronchitis and whooping cough. It can eliminate the phlegm from the body during the attack of cold and cough.
The wild pansy has diuretic properties which are very effective in the treatment of cystitis which is an inflammation of the bladder that is causing symptoms, such as persistent urge to urinate, low fever, pressure in lower abdomen, discomfort in pelvic region, blood in urine, small and frequent urine and burning on peeing. This is a reason why you can use the wild pansy as your home remedy for cystitis, but you need to talk with your doctor for the correct dosage.
There are some studies in which are shown that the wild pansy is improving the blood circulation which is very beneficial for the heart health.
Anti – inflammatory properties
You can make a tea with wild pansy because it has anti – inflammatory properties, which are very beneficial for the treatment of health conditions, such as rheumatism, pneumonia and gout.
The wild pansy has diuretic properties. It can eliminate excess water as it stimulates the urine. It can combat the swelling which arises due to the fluid retention.
The wild pansy can help you to deal with constipation.
The wild pansy is very helpful for the treatment of sore throats. It can help you to get a relief from this problem and it can lower the symptoms of whooping cough. The expectorant effect is facilitating the elimination of secretion through the respiratory tract. You can use the wild pansy as your home remedy for the treatment of asthma and bronchitis.
There are some studies in which are shown that the infusions of wild pansy are very effective in the treatment of eczema, acute and chronic inflammation of the skin which is characterized by swelling, redness and itching.