Violet infusions can be made by using either the leaves alone or together with the flowers. The leaves can be harvested from spring through summer- they will keep growing back when you harvest regularly- but the flowers usually only appear in the spring. The flowers will make make the infusion far more entertaining, so be sure to give it a try with flowers at least once.
I use equal parts leaf and flower.
Because of the flowers, it will look amazing in the morning when you pour it off:
Like spinach, violet leaves are full of vitamins and minerals, so this is a very nutritive tea. Unlike spinach, it is also a gentle lymphatic cleanser so is perfect to get the immune system in tip top shape after all of the winter nastiness. Also excellent for soothing inflammation in the GI tract.
If you like drinking nettle infusions on a regular basis, violet leaf infusions are a great way to change things up. If nettles don't sit well with you -some people find them a little irritating to the kidneys or GI tract for regular use- violets may be an excellent alternative or can be used as an addition to tone down the nettles.
This infusion can also be used as part of a honey based syrup- stay tuned for more info in the next post!