violas as medicine?

SHLGR2(Z5-6 OH)September 8, 2004

I WAS WONDERING IF I CAN USE MY VIOLA LABRADORICA(SWEET VIOLET) IN THE SAME WAY THAT YOU WOULD USE VIOLA SPECIES FOR SKIN CONDITIONS, THROAT AILMENTS, AND SKIN CONDITIONS?

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Heathen1(10a)

oh I hate this question... I used to ask it.. but I think that you can't guarantee the strength of the medicinal value in a non "species" plant... sometimes the hybridization breeds it out. I know that viola odora and viola tricolor are the breeds listed in my favorite herbal as the useful ones.
I finally learned that officinalis means medicinal/edible, now if all medicinal herbs could be labeled like that we'd have it a lot easier.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2004 at 4:02PM
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tkbiogardener

I just eat my violas, flower and leaf. I don't worry about the strength of any medicinal property.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2006 at 2:46PM
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sam_md

Viola labradorica is the Labrador Violet, a Canadian native whose range extends to New England, Wisc. & Mich.
Viola odorata and V. tricolor are both European natives which have naturalized in the US. None of the above are hybrids.
When properly written, X in the latin name designates that the plant is a hybrid. It should be noted that many plants including violets hybridize freely in nature.
Early 19th century botanists assigned the species name officialis to many plants both woody and herbaceous, its meaning is simply "common", having no herbal designation.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2006 at 3:09AM
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herbalbetty

I believe vulgaris means "common" and officinalis means "the official species used for pharmacy".

    Bookmark   March 26, 2006 at 6:39AM
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Daisyduckworth(Aust)

Herbalbetty is correct.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2006 at 3:19PM
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Heathen1(10a)

I have recently read that all violas have the same medicinal value.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2006 at 10:43AM
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brendan_of_bonsai(4b AK)

Sepia officinalis has no medicinal value, officinalis just means official, not what specifically it is officially used for.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2008 at 3:30AM
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