Violet Leaf Absolute <br><em>Viola odorata</em>
“A violet in the youth of primy nature,
Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting,
The perfume and suppliance of a minute.”
Nostalgic and earthy, yet modern and floral, the aroma of violet leaf is a dream come true. It’s a tender scent, all the better for blending with other floral essential oils such as lavender, geranium or neroli. It’s a beautiful accompaniment to earthier tones, too, such as sandalwood and cedarwood or vetiver and patchouli.
The aroma of violets harkens back to the reign of Queen Victoria, when dinner parties, lace, pressed violets, violet perfume and hip-disguising skirts were all the rage. Queen Victoria was actually a huge fan of violets, mentioning them in her journals more than 100 times.
The love for violets actually predates Queen Victoria by several hundreds of years. Homer and Virgil often wrote about violets, a common ingredient in Greek herbal medicine. Ancient Greeks used violet’s flowers and leaves to aid sleep and calm angry emotions. Pliny the Elder advised patients with gout to use a poultice of violets, and Aristophanes called Athens the “the violet-crowned city”.
During Renaissance times, violets permeated every aspect of life, art and healing. Violets were frequently mentioned in literature and pictured in the era’s art. Shakespeare references the flower frequently, including in “King John”, “Love’s Labour Lost”, “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” and several other plays and sonnets.
Enjoying the Violet Essence Today
In spite of violet’s long history, its scent is also an eminently modern fragrance, renewed by its new possibilities and countless uses.
- Pain Relief. Violet absolute oil has an analgesic effect, helping to relieve headache pain and sore muscles. Violet has been a popular remedy for headache pain for centuries. The Greeks would string violets around their heads to ease headaches.
- Inflammation Relief. Violet oil is believed to help calm the inflammation that goes along with a number of ailments, including arthritis and rheumatism.
- Cough Relief. Make the most of violet oil’s expectorant to ease a frustrating cough.
- Insomnia Relief. The soothing nature of violet oil helps you find a better night’s sleep.
- Healthy Skin. Violet is a popular and traditional tool for maintaining a healthy complexion. It’s helpful for dry skin, acne, eczema and reddened facial veins.
- Perfume. Perfumes made with violets go back hundreds of years, and the oil remains a popular choice today. You can make your own scent with violet absolute oil too.
- Crown Chakra. Violet absolute can be used as a healing aromatherapy during your meditation or yoga practice. It’s especially helpful for doing crown chakra work, helping you to connect with the wisdom of the universe more easily.
Do not ingest violet absolute oil. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult with your physician before using violet absolute oil. Always dilute this essential oil with a carrier oil before applying it to your skin or hair. If you have sensitive skin, test your tolerance for the essential oil on a small patch of skin before using more extensively.
- Botanical Name: Viola odorata
- Common Method of Extraction: Solvent extracted
- Plant Part Typically Used: Leaf
- Colour: Dark green
- Consistency: Thick
- Perfumery Note: Middle
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Middle
- Aromatic Description: An earthy scent with some hints of floral