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Viola odorata | Violets

Viola odorata, also known as sweet violet, is a perennial flowering plant in the family Violaceae. It is native to Europe and Asia and has been cultivated for its medicinal and aromatic properties for centuries.

Botanical Information:

  • Height: 10-15 cm (4-6 in)

  • Leaves: Heart-shaped and slightly hairy, dark green in color

  • Flowers: Small, fragrant, and purple or white in color, with five petals

  • Blooming period: March to May

  • Habitat: Grows in shady areas such as woodland and hedgerows


Medicinal Uses

Violets have a long history of medicinal use. The leaves and flowers have been used to treat a variety of ailments, including coughs, colds, and sore throats.

  • Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, and diuretic

  • Used in traditional medicine to treat respiratory issues, headaches, and nervous disorders

  • Often used in aromatherapy for relaxation and stress relief

Magickal Properties

Violets are associated with love, purity, and innocence. They are also associated with the following magical properties:

  • Love: Violets are often used to attract love and strengthen relationships.

  • Purity: Violets are associated with purity and are often used in spells to cleanse and purify spaces and people.

  • Innocence: Violets are associated with innocence and are often used in spells to bring peace, tranquility, and harmony.


Elemental Correspondences

  • Earth: Violets are associated with the element of earth because of their roots and their connection to the physical world.


Planetary and Astrological Correspondences

  • Venus: Violets are associated with Venus because of their association with love, beauty, and harmony.

  • Moon: Violets are also associated with the moon because of their connection to the emotions and intuition.


Associated Deitites and Traditions

  • Violets are associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure.

  • Violets are also associated with Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, handicraft, and strategic warfare.

  • In Greek mythology, violets were created by the god Zeus to ease the grief of his lover Io.

  • In Christian legend, violets were said to have grown when the Virgin Mary wept at the crucifixion of Jesus.

  • The ancient Celts believed that the scent of violets could ward off evil spirits.


Uses in Rituals, Spellwork, and Magic

Violets can be used in a variety of rituals, spellwork, and magic. They can be used to attract love, to cleanse and purify spaces and people, to bring peace, tranquility, and harmony, and to connect with the spiritual realm.


Examples of Use

  • To attract love, add violets to a love spell

  • To cleanse and purify a space, sprinkle violet essential oil around the room or burn violet incense.

  • To bring peace and tranquility, meditate with violet essential oil or add violets to a bath.

  • To connect with the spiritual realm, place a violet colored crystal on your altar or wear violet jewelry.



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