The eastern visitor – tricolor violet – also known here as “pansies” in the plant world “specializes” in the treatment of cardiovascular, skin and gynecological diseases. In addition, pansies can help with problems with the gastrointestinal tract and urinary system. But there are also quite serious restrictions for the use of pansies in therapy, too.

Useful properties of pansies

Pansies are composed of a set of different chemicals, such as: insulin, ascorbic acid, salicylic acid, vitamin C, essential oil, tannin, violaemetin alkaloid, polysaccharides. The plant has a choleretic, diuretic, expectorant and antiseptic effect.

It is used in the treatment of female diseases, skin diseases, bronchitis, colds, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, urinary system. The presence of zinc, selenium, potassium in the plant makes it widely used in cosmetology.

In what form are used

For the treatment of diseases, mainly decoctions, tinctures, syrups are used. During the preparation of cosmetic masks, crushed flower petals are used. Folk recipes

Flu treatment: in a container with 1 tbsp. l. chopped dried herbs pour 1 tbsp. hot water and boil for at least 15 minutes. Strain the cooled broth well. Take the resulting medication every day 3-4 times after meals for 1/3 tbsp.

Cold treatment: pour 2 tbsp into a thermos. l. dried herbs and pour 1 tbsp. boiled water and leave the mixture to infuse for 6-8 hours. Consume 2 tbsp. l. 3-4 times a day.


Treatment of skin diseases: for skin diseases, violet oil will bring relief, which you can prepare yourself. To do this, mix 2 tbsp. l. dried flowers with 1 tsp. ivy bud and add 150 ml of olive oil there. Boil the resulting mixture for 15 minutes, cool, strain and put the container in the refrigerator. Apply a napkin soaked in oil to sore skin. If the skin lesion is malignant, then you need to soak the cloth or napkin applied to it with an infusion of pansy flowers in vegetable oil prepared at a ratio of 1: 5.

Treatment of cardiac arrhythmia and atherosclerosis: Violet tea should be consumed 2-3 times a day. For its preparation, it is enough to pour a glass of boiling water into a bowl with 2 tbsp. l. dried herbs. One month after you start taking this drink, your general condition will improve.

In cooking


The most popular treat is the candied pansy flowers. They can be added to tea, to which they will give a unique aroma. Also, flowers are used to decorate cakes, salads. They look very original in jelly and go well with yoghurts.

In cosmetology

Pansy masks and lotions are very good for skin care. The chemicals entering the plant help fight rashes, pimples, abrasions and scratches, moisturize the skin, make it soft, smooth, and eliminate flaking.

Other uses

Violet tricolor extract is used in the manufacture of medicines that improve the work of the heart, lower the heart rate, used to treat atherosclerosis, vascular diseases, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema. It is also used in the manufacture of cosmetic creams and masks that moisturize the skin and hair.

Dangerous properties of pansies and contraindications

The yellow inflorescences of pansies contain the natural dye E161 Violoxanthin, which is very harmful to the human body, as it can cause damage to the gastrointestinal tract, various allergic reactions, and inflammation of the mucous membranes.


Treatment with a decoction of pansies is contraindicated for persons suffering from hepatitis and glomerulonephritis.

Possible side effects:

  • vomiting
  • rash,
  • nausea.

Origin of name

Pansies (lat.Víola trícolor) is one of several popular names for the flower, known in science as the tricolor violet. In various Slavic countries and their regions, people call it in their own way: viola, troyetsvetka, Ivan da Marya, brothers, brother-and-sister, but the most common name is Pansies.


This plant was introduced from Japan and Central China. Due to the unusual color of the petals, it quickly gained popularity all over the world. Over time, its name has changed many times, which is reflected in various historical and literary sources. At the beginning of the XIX century in the journal “Notes of a Contemporary” there is a translation from the German language, where the name of the flower sounds like “funny eyes.” Also, for a long time in Russia, the expression “trinity color” was used to designate it.


According to ancient Greek and Roman mythologies, curious mortals who spied on the bathing goddesses of love were turned into pansies, which symbolized curiosity, surprise, loyalty in love. AT

There are several legends in Old Russian literature concerning pansies. According to the first, the heart of the beautiful Anyuta was broken by a cold-blooded seducer, and, unable to withstand such a blow, the girl died.

According to another version, the girl was separated from her lover by force, forcing him to marry a rich bride, which caused Anyuta to die suddenly. And on her grave, beautiful tricolor violets grew, each color of which personified the feelings experienced by the poor girl: hope, surprise, sadness.

In many countries, there are customs associated with this flower. In England, to tell about their love, it was presented to lovers on Valentine’s Day. Girls in Poland used to give pansies to their husbands or fiancés before long separation, which symbolized loyalty and love. French romantics made it clear with their bouquet of these flowers that they would always remember the one to whom it was presented.

Pansies Kinds


The tricolor violet has another hybrid species known as the Wittrock violet, which is distinguished by a brighter color of the petals and their larger size. There are many varieties of each of the two types, and thanks to the work of breeders, new, more colorful and sustainable ones are constantly emerging.

Violets grow in different climates on all continents, but prefer open or slightly shaded and moderately humid areas. It is a herbaceous, terrestrial plant of the Violet family, most often biennial or perennial, the height of which ranges from 15-30 cm. Its shoots are straight or creeping, the leaves have a rounded heart and slightly corrugated edges.

The flowers are single with bright petals of different colors. A feature of these flowers is the abundant flowering of different varieties from April to September.

Pansies Growing features

Pansies are propagated by seeds or green cuttings. For flowers to bloom in early spring, they need to be planted the previous summer. If you plant a plant in May, then it can bloom in the fall and outgrow, which is highly undesirable, since a flower weakened by flowering may not survive the winter.


Also, do not plant pansies in the fall, they will not have time to open enough and will also die. You need to find a middle ground depending on the climatic conditions. The plant perfectly tolerates snowy winters. If there is little rainfall and the air temperature is very low, then the seedlings need to be insulated. Water stagnation during floods or melting snow is also detrimental to flowers.

Different varieties of pansies need to be planted at a distance from each other, as they pollinate very quickly, and the seeds are not pure-bred. Flowers need abundant watering and fertilizing. Wild varieties can be found in parks, meadows, pastures, among the bushes on forest edges.

Collection and procurement

The ground part of the flower is used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. You need to cut it off during the period of abundant flowering or during the ripening of the buds. It is necessary to dry in the shade, avoiding the sun and wind, periodically turning the plant over to dry it evenly. The resulting raw materials can be stored in a glass jar for two years.


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