Small Batch Wild Violet Jelly & Simple Syrup – Kitchen Garden
NEVER pick violets that have been treated with chemicals!!! The best violets to gather are those that you’ve grown, and know for certain to be clean. Always be safe!! 🙂 I’m picking some violets, making jelly, and making a really easy simple syrup. NEVER eat anything that hasn’t been positively identified as safe! Seriously! There are many potentially harmful plants that look very similar to safe plants. When in doubt, throw it out. Hope you enjoy!
Homemade Medicine: How to Make a Violet Infusion
How easy it is to make an infusion (in this case, with Violet). Infusions are basically a strong tea as you’ll see in this video.
Making Perfume from Violets: Enfleurage
An enfleurage is one of the ways you can turn flowers, in this case violets, into essential oil or perfume. It’s a multi day process where fresh flowers are pressed into a thin layer of oil repeatedly until the oil is saturated with the floral essence. To extract the essential oil the oil is washed with alcohol to extract the essential oil from the remaining fat. the fat can then be used to make soap, eye makeup remover or body butter. Once the alcohol has evaporated you’re left with the essential oil.
How to make perfume from Violets
Once all the blooms had been separated, I then evenly placed them on top of the fat until there was about two inches of them in height. I took another glass casserole dish that fit uniformly into my first one and pressed it on top of the flowers and the fat. While pressing down, I sealed both dishes together with electrical tape, making sure that I left no gaps for the scent to escape. I left this in a cool, dark area for 48 hours.
After 48 hours I removed the old blooms, collected more violets and repeated this part of the process again. If this weren’t a project that I undertook on a whim, I would have repeated this step another 2-3 times. The more times that you refresh the blooms the stronger the scent will be.
When I unsealed the two glass containers after another 48 hours, I removed all the spent blooms and started chopping up the fragrant fat. Using a bamboo skewer, I pushed the fat into bottles with wire-and-ball stoppers, about halfway up each vessel.
I poured 70% rubbing alcohol in the bottles all the way to the brim. I quickly sealed them, and wrapped electrical tape around the top for added measure. I then placed them in my cool basement, away from light.
They will sit there for 3 months as the alcohol takes on the fragrance of the fat. When they are ready to be opened, I will then strain out the fat and add a fixative, such as cedarwood oil, to stabilize and keep the scent from evaporating. At that point, I can re-bottle it for personal use. Waiting without opening the bottles for a preview whiff will be the hardest part.
Medicinal Uses for Wild Violets
- Violets are thought to be useful yet gentle detoxifiers.
- Violets can have a diuretic and laxative effect, so don’t eat them in great quantities. But useful if that’s what you’re after
- Their high vitamin C content has made them popular for treating and preventing colds.
- Violets are thought to stimulate the lymphatic and immune systems.
- Violets are also used as an expectorant.
- Violets may have anti-inflammatory properties, making them a good choice for pain relief. They’re often used for arthritis and headaches.
- Violets are also used topically for skin conditions of various sorts. See links below.
- Violets have been studied for use in treating cancer.