Violet Tea Benefits – Violets have been known throughout history as a healing herb. An example that was proven by research was that Viola odorata contains phenolic glycosides, flavonoids, saponins, alkaloids, mucilage, and tannins among other things. These compounds work in several ways to cure ailments.
The official violet used in medicine is Viola odorata, but all members of the Viola genus will work in a similar manner. Viola odorata originally comes from Europe and has naturalized across much of the Balkan region in its wild form.
The fragrance of violets is heavenly, and often it evokes fond memories. Since Victorian times, the tradition of violet tea has held an allure for those who like the finer things in life. It is a quintessential tea for afternoon tea parties and will bring out the essence of days gone by for everyone. If you love the fragrance of violet, the aroma will delight you as it fills your home upon making a cup or more of violet tea. Read below Konvalia instructions on how to make delicious violet tea.
If you grow your own, pick the violets after the dew has dried but before the sun’s heat has had a chance of drying the violets essential oil (try mid-morning).
Clean violets gently.
Shake off any dirt and insects. Place in a colander or tea strainer and gently wash the violets to remove any traces of dirt etc. Use absorbent paper to dry the violets after washing.
Choose whether you wish to make fresh violet tea immediately, or whether you want to make dried violet tea for later use. Or maybe both! The flavor will be stronger in the dried version.
How to Make Fresh Violet Tea:
Steep fresh violets directly to make tea. Add 2-3 teaspoons fresh violet flowers to 1 cup of boiling water. If making a teapot, add as many flowers as cups to be made. Allow to steep for five minutes, strain and serve.
Make Dried Violet Tea:
Dry the flowers. Allow the flowers to dry for at least one week. Read this article on how to dry herbs and flowers and its method to dry flowers: Scent of Herbs All Year Long. If you do not have access to your own violets, purchase dried, organic and unsprayed violets from a reputable store. Store dried violet flowers in an opaque, airtight container. Make tea from the dried flowers. Add 1-2 teaspoons dried violets per cup of boiling water.
Garnish. In both recipes, garnish the tea with fresh violets for an extra special touch.