Pansy is a medicinal plant, also known as Bastard Pansy, Pansy Pansy, Trinity Herb or Field Violet, traditionally used as a diuretic, in cases of constipation and to enhance metabolism.
Its scientific name is Viola tricolor and can be purchased in health food stores, drugstores, and in some open markets.
What is it for
It has been scientifically proven that pansy has a beneficial effect in the treatment of skin diseases with slight release of pus, and in cases of milk crust, due to its composition rich in flavonoids, mucilages and tannins.
How to use
The used parts of the Pansy are its flowers, leaves and stem to make teas, compresses or to complete desserts with their crystallized petals.
- Pansy bath: put 2 to 3 tablespoons of pansy in a liter of boiling water and let it stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Then strain and pour into the bathwater;
- Pansy compresses: put 1 teaspoon of a pansy in 250 mL of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain, dip a compress into the mixture and then apply over the region to be treated.
Possible side effects
Side effects of Pansy include skin allergies when used in excess.
Who should not use
Pansy is contraindicated in people with allergies to plant components.