Let's face it. The internet is a double edged sword- there's some great info out there, and then. . . there's some really dumb stuff, too. Here's a stab at curating some of the good stuff so you don't have to sort through the fluff and chaff.
This month's edition is about violets. They are everywhere right now, so this is the perfect time to learn about them and still have a chance to work with them while they are plentiful. You can experiment to your heart's content- herbalism is all about hands on, after all. We will be looking at some violet projects here on the Independent Herbalist this week, as well, so read up and get ready!
Methow Valley Herbs featured a guest post on violets by herbalist Jim McDonald. Extensive and exhaustive! Definitely a must read, and a great introduction to violets.
Violet Leaf Cough Syrup
Be sure to visit The Nerdy Farm Wife for a quick and simple violet leaf cough syrup. Great step by step instructions. She also has another post discussing her experience making and using a Violet Leaf Balm.
A Historic Look at Violets
For a historic look at violets, A Modern Herbal by M. Grieve (an online version of the 1931 publication) is interesting and informative.
The Virtues of Violets
The Virtues of Violets are detailed at Eat The Weeds. This article offers folklore tidbits, as well as culinary recipes for Violet Jelly and Violet Flower Syrup.
Here's a yummy looking recipe for Sauteed Carrots, Dandelion Greens and Violet Greens. Genius!!!!
Violet Sweet Bread
A recipe by Becki Baumgartner. It looks awesome and I can't wait to try it, or at least something similar. Will report back with my results!