One beautiful creation story goes violets first blossomed when Gabriel told Mother Mary also known by the title Viola Odorata meaning ‘Our Lady of Modesty,’ of her sons birth to come. Due to the way the violet came to be, this flower has, become an emissary for the energy of: modesty, being humble in nature, and devotion.
The Archangel Gabriel’s name means 'God is my strength’ and brings messages to humankind from the divine. Gabriel also brings aid in all areas related to children, helping during conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and child rearing.
Fascinatingly, the Greeks tell a similar story. Violets first came into being to protect one of Artemis’ nymphs, who like their mistress, had pledged to stay maidens. Out of compassion for her vows, Artemis turned her into a violet, to shelter her from the relentless pursuit of Apollo. This tale reinforces the energy of modesty and a devotional nature.
During the Middle Ages violets and their leaves went by the charming name ‘heart ease’. In the Victorian language of flowers, white meant modesty. Whereas, the color violet, expressed: my thoughts are occupied with love, coupled with the invitation, 'dare to be happy with me'.
Key Energies: Delicate-love, affection, modesty, faith, nobility, intuition, dignity, mystical awareness, inspiration, spiritual passion, sovereignty, a patron flower for children and those gentle of heart.
Archetypal Energies: Read all the information above and know it will be active in your subtle body. Use intent to decide what specific energies you would like to utilize in the moment.
Physical Gifts: Anti - inflammatory - general, Anti - inflammatory - digestive and urinary tract, emollient (softens and smooths skin), relives coughs. 1
Ayurvedic: Energy = cooling. Reduces = pita and kapha. Increases = Vata. Alterative (gradually restoring the proper function of the body and increased health and vitality. As unclear as this may sound, their mode of action on the body is not well understood through pharmacology), expectorant (promotes expelling phlegm and supports 'chesty' coughs). 2
Folk Medicine: Blood purifier (helps the body restore optimal functioning by aiding metabolic processes, especially the elimination of waste products), stimulates the lymphatic glands, helping the body get rid of bacteria and other toxins. It is especially useful for swollen glands. Over time, violet can help clear stubborn problems like eczema, psoriasis, and acne.
Violet Leaf Absolute is one of the costliest and most labor-intensive natural fragrance materials to produce – approximately 2300 kilos of hand-picked leaves yield only 1 kilo of the absolute.
Violet leaf offers a 'high green note' that is impossible to duplicate. Its fragrance is mysterious, melancholy and smells of a wet forest floor crushed under foot. Bringing to nose the aroma of green leaves, mixed the sweet smell of decaying wood, and rich dark earth. Less is more with this absolute start at a 1 % dilution and build from there.
Main Constituents ~ Ionones (in particular, alpha-ionone, beta-ionone and beta-dihydroionone) - also known as Rose ketones - some of the most adaptable and versatile aromatic constituents used in modern perfumery.
Plant Part ~ Leaves
Origin ~ Egypt
Processing Method ~ Solvent Extraction Absolute
Note Classification ~ Base to Middle Note
1 pg. 153. Lotus Light Publications, 1996, Box 325, Twin Lakes, WI 53181. Translation by Samsara Amato Duex. Rodolphe Balz
2 pg. 217. Lotus Press, 2001, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes, WI 53181. Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad