The pansy plant has two uses, it can be used as a medicinal herb and also as an ornament to decorate the house. Its original name is Viola tricolor and its other popular name is Erva-trindade, its plant family is Herbaceous and the shape of its petals is heart. Although it grows up to 12 centimeters, its leaves can reach up to 40 centimeters in length.
The flower appears exclusively in summer and the colors of its petals vary between purple, yellow or white.
Benefits and properties
One of the main benefits that this plant brings is that it helps to improve blood circulation and therefore keeps the heart healthy.
Because it contains vitamin C, it is great for fighting the flu and acts as an expectorant syrup. If ingested regularly, it also works as a defensive system, preventing the dreaded flu.
The plant has fungicidal and bactericidal properties. Its ointment can be applied to wounds, as it helps in healing and prevents marks, such as on mycoses. However, be aware of the improvements in the second case, if there are complications, look for a doctor.
Despite all its benefits, be careful when drinking the tea a lot, as in addition to being a diuretic, the plant acts as a laxative in the body, making it a great option for those suffering from constipation.
Its continuous use and in very large daily doses can cause migraine. If this happens, it is advisable that a specialist be sought out.
Where to find
It is found in herbal and natural stores. Avoid the flower shop, as they are suitable for decorating and contain many pesticides, making their consumption dangerous.
If you want to cultivate the plant, pay attention to its care, always plant in the summer, water regularly and fertilize the soil.
How to make pansy tea
Fill a kettle with 1 liter of water and wait for it to heat up, add the herb leaves and let it boil. Strain and sweeten with sugar and honey to taste.
How to make pansy ointment
Put two tablespoons of honey in a cup of pansy tea, add 2 teaspoons of St. John’s wort oil and 4 teaspoons of calendula oil. Stir well until thick. If the mixture is too thin, add more honey and a little water.
This plant was used in the Middle Ages in love potions, as it was believed that its shape would bring love and passion to those who drank the tea, hence its main popular name being this.