SECRETS OF THE VIOLET
Violet is the best-loved of all the flowers, but does little to
further its reputation in the field of aromatherapy as its elusive
scent is difficult to capture in a bottle. It does not yield its
fragrance to distillation -- and enfleurage is no longer much
employed as a means of extracting this delicious odor. It is said
that in the early part of this century, the Russian Empress would
only use the scent of Violet and only Violets that had been picked
in the early morning hours in the most select fields of Grasse.
These Violets were then rushed to the still-room where they were
treated by enfleurage to produce a thick odorous perfume that was
then diluted with refined alcohol. (pure Potato Vodka, no doubt).
Nowadays, a concrète is made of both flower and leaves, mostly
leaves and this is washed in alcohol to obtain the fragrance
material. This Violet leaf absolute is a deep green-colored,
green-smelling, sweet-green-scented scent of the leaf. Neither the
little produced Violet flower perfume at $100,000 per kilo nor the
leaf absolute has yet found a use in aromatherapy. It is just too
expensive. So if you go to a store and find Violet perfume or
Violet-scented soap, please note that it is a fake and synthesized
version of this most fabulous of odors. Do you have a garden? Only
with a garden and the knowledge of the ancient alchemists can you
extract scent from this purple beauty to make a sweet violet-colored
EXTRACT THE VIOLET'S ODOR: You will need patience and lots of
Violet flowers but the end result will be pleasing and therapeutic
for your soul and psyche. Fill a small jar with Violet flowers and
then cover the flowers with pure* alcohol. [150° vodka may work].
The alcohol will extract both the color and the odor of the flowers.
When no more color is in the flowers, strain out the flowers and add
new flowers to the alcohol or you may just pour the alcohol onto a
new batch of flowers in another jar. You will have to repeat this
procedure over and over again using the same alcohol and new flowers
until the alcohol is a deep violet color and has the odor of the
flowers. This will take an entire season. At this time store the
alcohol in the refrigerator.
USE THE VIOLET PERFUME: Dilute your Violet cologne with a bit of
water or oil and apply to your body. Another use is to put 1 oz in a
4 oz spray bottle, add 3 oz of spring water and let your husband use
this to heal his skin of nicks after shaving.
USES: Jeanne Rose's Herbal Body Book describes how to use the
flowers . . . Externally, the Violet flower and leaf are used to
treat anything near the throat or esoterically anything near the 5th
chakra. Violet leaf has a historical reputation for treating cancers
of the mouth and throat. This is one of the flowers that has been
mentioned since the time of the ancient Greeks. Sweet Violets either
fresh or dried are used in teas or baths for the soothing and slight
astringent quality. Violets contain salicylic acid and are extremely
high in vitamins A and C. Violet flower water (1/4 c. Violets
steeped in warm spring water for 30 minutes, strained, bottled and
refrigerated) is used on the face as a tonic and healing spritz for
all sorts of facial afflictions. "It is wonderful as an
after-shave water or even as a wash for baby's skin. If the leaves
and flowers are macerated in oil, strained and then beeswax added,
this cream is excellent as a daily application to remove cosmetics,
or can be used daily on your face and hands for dry skin.
The Secrets of Flowers as revealed by A. Stoddard Kull,
the Violet is a symbol of Faithfulness. "Some lovely maids of
antiquity once became the object of Venus queenly wrath, when a
dispute arose whether she or they were more beautiful, Cupid judged
in favor of the maidens; and in a fury, Venus beat them until they
were blue. Thus the girls became the first Violets." This is
the story as Herrick tells it.
In the garden to obtain more flowers in the Spring, mow down the
patch in the Fall. Your Violet patch will look like a scraggly lawn,
but you will be pleased by the amount of flowers that you can pick
in the Spring.
|A Violet in
the youth of primy nature,
Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting,
The perfume and suppliance of a minute;
No more. . . . . .
Laertes in Hamlet
To learn to use the leaves and flowers of the Violet, you may wish
to read Jeanne Rose's Herbal Body Book and The
Aromatherapy Book: Applications & Inhalations. Both are
available from Jeanne Rose Aromatherapy and if you mention this
article you may receive both books for $32.00 which is a 10%
discount. Call 415/564-6785 and charge to your credit card. To
purchase the flowers and leaves you may have to try a number of herb
mail-order places and these addresses are listed in Chapter VI, the
source list of both aforementioned books.
the words of Shakespeare: Violet is for Faithfulness, Which in me
shall abide; Hoping, likewise, that from your heart You will not let
Rose, Jeanne • Herbs & Things.
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