Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Herb Fairies: Violet Leaf

One of my goals with Herb Fairies is to let the girls explore making organic, holistic self care products using the herbs they are learning about.  Since they range in age from 11-14, this curriculum needs to be modified to keep their interest and challenge them to apply their knowledge in a meaningful way.  If they simply learn about the herb’s healing properties but never incorporate them into their daily lives, then I have missed an opportunity to make this program relevant.

Violet’s healing properties include:
  • treatment of
  • eye disorders
  • constipation
  • skin ailments
  • congestion
  • regulate blood pressure
  • expectorant, cough relief
  • pain killer, anti-inflammatory
  • high in Vitamin C (one dose = 4 oranges)

Two ways to incorporate violet (in our case, dried organic violet leaf purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs) into the girls’ lives is to make violet leaf tea and violet leaf salve.

We steeped for 2 hours and sweetened with honey.

We used a macerated oil by heating organic olive oil and violet leaf in a double boiler for 2 hours.   This infused oil was combined with local beeswax, vitamin E (three capsules), and a few drops of tea tree oil and left to cool in containers which the girls decorated and listed the ingredients.

I hope if they have a scratch, a rash, a cyst, or ache, they use this salve as a remedy.  Now that cold season is fully upon us, this tea will certainly come in handy.  Even though this herb was presented as a spring herb and we were not able to use fresh violet flowers to do some of the fun activities like candying them and decorating cupcakes, this lesson was far more useful and practical.


Karen said...

I didn't realize you were doing this with your group. I love this. It is so awesome that you have a group of girls to do this with. Where did you get your tins? Love LOVE this.

Jessica said...

I ordered the tins from Frontier Wholesale catalog when my friend was placing an order. You can find lots of them on the internet. I'll try to find my favorite suppliers and pass the link on. I need to order more soon!

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