Quoted from a great blog called Eric’s Wanderings by Eric Ritskes.

Another hard to mistake wild edible: violets! Not the kind you find in your house pot but easily found in many yards, forests, cracks of sidewalks, etc… Wild violets have been used here in North America since the beginning by Indigenous peoples who knew of its medicinal properties – used for headaches, dysentery, stomach ailments, and skin ailments. It’s a useful flower! The flowers come in different shades and are often clustered in areas (I found a couple clusters, hence the different shades).
To read more…Edible Wild Violets: Syrup and Salad « Wanderings.
I’m definitely going to try some of this…
The Cherokee Indians used Violets for medicinal purposes. They passed their knowledge on to the first settlers of Appalachia who accepted the remedies and made them their own. The Cherokee seemed to use different violets in the same way regardless of the variety. A few examples:

  • Violet leaves were used to make a poultice to relieve headaches
  • Violets were soaked in water-the water was used to relieve dysentery, colds, coughs, and used as a spring tonic
  • Violet roots were crushed and used as a poultice to aide in skin aliments
  • Violet roots were soaked in water-then the water was used to soak corn seeds prior to planting-this was said to repel insects from the corn.

(Info from the American Violet Society)

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