The sweet violet, aka: Viola odorata, is a non-native perennial from Europe. It’s a creeping evergreen with lovely heart-shaped leaves.
This dainty plant spreads via rhizomatic roots, and is one of the earliest blooms to decorate our lawns and the edge of forests in early spring.
To use, crush viola leaves to make yourself a cup of tea!
Or, make a simple tincture by covering fresh viola flowers with at least 80 proof vodka. Macerate for a couple weeks.
I’ve read recipes where you can also add 2 ounces of grain alcohol in a mason jar to every one ounce of fresh violets.
For more information on Violets visit: A Modern Herbal, by Mrs. M. Grieve.