(TacticalNews.com) – Flowers can do more than look pretty; many are edible or even have medicinal uses. Sweet violets are relatively common and can be found on every continent except Antarctica. This perennial not only looks and smells pleasant, but it also tastes good and may help your immune system.
One of the many ways to prepare violets is to make them into tea, as shown by the video above. You can also try candying the leaves and flowers and adding them into your soups, salads, sauces, and sautés. The only limit is your imagination.
Violets contain salicylic acid, an active form of aspirin. Consuming enough of it could help relieve pain and swelling. However, if you have Reye’s syndrome other issues associated with aspirin use, you should consult a medical professional before consuming violets.
If you experience sore tissue, violets may help soothe them, as well, thanks to the leaves being rich in a soothing agent called mucilage. Simply crush the leaves and flowers into a poultice to utilize those properties.
When eaten or consumed as a tea, violets may also help boost your immune system and treat sore throats, colds, sinus infections, and other respiratory ailments. As a salve or ointment, violets may also be an effective treatment for bruises and minor scrapes. Several other plants have medicinal properties worth noting. Be sure to check out this plant that has an impressive medical track record.
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