Written by Juliet Blankespoor with Meghan Gemma
Photography by Juliet Blankespoor
When violets begin to pop up in the spring landscape, it’s our cue that a vernal promenade of mineral-rich, cleansing herbs is in full swing. Violet keeps excellent company—look for herbs like chickweed, cleavers, dandelion, plantain, and stinging nettles when violet’s heart-shaped leaves and purple blooms appear on the scene.
These nourishing spring beauties all fall into the category of tonic alterative herbs. Many herbalists call them “blood cleansers” and indeed they can help to optimize the quality of the blood by affecting cellular metabolism. They also work their magic by supporting the elimination of wastes by improving liver, kidney, digestive, and lymphatic function.
Alterative herbs can be helpful for:
- Spring fasting and cleansing
- Low immunity
- Skin conditions like acne and eczema
- Cancer prevention
- Autoimmune conditions
- Rheumatic conditions*
Violet is one of my choice herbal alteratives as its tender young leaves are optimally delicious for infused vinegars, spring salads, and pestos. In addition to being a classic cleansing herb, violet is rich in soluble fiber and is a traditional lymphatic and respiratory remedy; helping to bolster us through the last weeks of cold-season coughs and colds. You can read more about violet’s medicinal uses here.
*Please consult with an experienced herbalist before using herbs for any of these conditions or for cleansing.
Read original article at: Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine ~ Violet Springtime Fairy Vinegar: A Mineral Rich Spring Tonic