Background of Sweet Violet Tincture
The sweet violet tincture may have a very mild laxative effect. The syrup of sweet violet can be used as a laxative for smaller children in low doses of a teaspoon or half a teaspoon with the same amount of almond oil. The syrup is also used as a colouring and flavouring agent in other neutral to acid medicines. Traditionally it was used to treat trembling, epilepsy, swollen eyes, sleeplessness, pleurisy, jaundice and an inflamed throat and tonsils. Sweet violet was known for treating bruises. The underground stems and roots have a very strong laxative effect, 40 to 50 grams of powdered root is said to cause severe nausea, vomiting and anxiety.
Sweet violet was sometimes used as an adulterant (lessen potency) to more expensive medicines. Currently, the sweet violet tincture is well known to treat coughing fits with difficulty breathing as well as swollen wrists and used externally to treat cancer. It is known to have antiseptic properties.
- Sweet violet tincture has no known allergies or side effects.
- There is not enough evidence to support its use by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
- The roots and seeds of sweet violet are known to have caused an upset stomach and high doses may cause severe nausea and vomiting.
- The sweet violet oil should not be taken internally.
- Sweet violet may cause sensitivity to the sun when applied externally.
- There are no known interactions with other drugs or herbs.