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  • Why You Need Violet Leaf Absolute This Spring

    Violets: Harbingers of Spring

    According to the calendar, it’s officially spring. As I write this, however, it doesn’t feel like spring. In fact, it snowed earlier today. (Granted, as I write this it’s just a couple days before “spring”, but still…) One thing I love about spring are the early flowers. They’re not only a sign of hope and renewal, they smell marvelous.

    The violets in my yard generally begin popping up in early to mid spring and if I’m not right on top of things, my yard will be more purple than green before I know it. OK, so it’s more purple than green every year because I really like the color and I love the violets, plus I can’t be bothered to do the necessary lawn care early or often enough to get my lawn to rival the average suburban lawn. Guess it’s a good thing I live in the city, huh? On the upside, once they stop blooming my lawn looks nice and green from the street because violet leaves stay green even when I forget to water the lawn. I won’t say how often that happens, though.

    What is Violet Absolute Good For?

    Skin care and emotional support are the overwhelming uses of this oil.

    • Mature skin care
    • Blackheads
    • Enlarged pores
    • Soothes nostalgia
    • Soothes obsession
    • Helps overcome fears
    • Helps overcome shyness/timidity
    • Energetically, it’s an oil of new beginnings and new growth.

    What Does it Blend Well With?

    Some of the oils you might like to mix with violet are:

    • Basil
    • Bay
    • Cinnamon
    • Clary sage
    • Clove
    • Geranium
    • Grapefruit
    • Jasmine
    • Lavender
    • Lemon
    • Mandarin
    • Rose
    • Sandalwood
    • Tuberose absolute

    Violet Trivia

    Violet leaf (Viola odorata) absolute is a semi-solid at room temperature so you’ll need to gently warm it, but only just enough to liquify it, before use.

    In other trivia, violets are self-seeding plants, which means they can spread like wildfire and become invasive. In order to get rid of them, although I can’t understand why you’d want to, you need to use a spade and digging tool to get under all the roots. Then, you need to spread a thick layer of mulch to keep them from returning. Don’t be discouraged if some come back, the roots are quite fragile and it often takes 2 or 3 tries to get them all.