Traditionally, a violet tea was a spring event, held when the flowers were in bloom. As violets are among the most delicate of flowers, the Edwardian violet tea was presented in a very dainty fashion. All food was especially light and miniaturized, with bite sized scones and open-faced sandwiches flavored with violet jelly or crystallized violets. A light tea, such as a Darjeeling or Oo-long, complemented the menu.
Today’s violet tea can easily feature a wider range of menu possibilities, as as a number of good books about edible flowers are now available, all of which include violet recipes. A surprising number of violet recipes can also be found on the web. While serving a violet jelly and a violet flavored drink is following tradition, there is no reason why a violet leaf butter or a petite violet salad cannot be a worthy addition to your tea table.
For decor, use violets as much as possible (pansies and Johnny-jump-ups can be used in a pinch, as they are related to violets). As this was a tea traditionally held for very close friends, it is particularly inviting to set small tables for two or three people. While the Edwardians favored white table-cloths, consider a pale violet or light green table covering. A few violet flowers, with their pretty, heart shaped leaves, put into an old perfume jar creates a charming centerpiece for a small table setting. If you are fortunate enough to own any violet patterned china or serving pieces, this would be the time to bring them out (or to consider beginning a collection!). Place a crystallized violet on each plate and garnish all serving dishes with violets.
Tea favors for a violet tea are easy. Packets of violet seeds wrapped with silk ribbon make a perfect favor. Vintage calling cards and postcards featuring violets are actually fairly easy to find, due to the exuberance of 19th century print artists, and make a very special favor. Check your local library for Helen Gibbs’ The Secret of Fashioning Ribbon Flowers. Copy the directions for creating a ribbon violet (or pansy) for each guest, and gather together the needed ribbon. Purchase small pin backs froma craft store, put everything in a purple velum bag, and you now have a simple take home ribbon craft for each guest.
A violet tea is an event requiring more than the usual planning. And, as with any gardening endeavor, a certain degree of patience is required. I am content to wait for the violet tea that is in my future. Perhaps while I wait, my time would be best spent searching for a few pieces of china sprinkled with violet springs. A violet teapot would be the most perfect find!
Violets have been used to improve acne, anger, asthma, bronchitis, colds, eczema, fever, fibrocystic breast disease, grief, headache, heartbreak, lymphatic congestion, mastitis, mumps, psoriasis, scurvy, sore throat, ulcers, urinary tract infection, varicose veins, and whooping cough. Apply a cloth soaked in violet leaf and/or flower tea to the back of the neck to treat headaches. The flowers are eaten as a breath freshener.
Violet flower essence helps those that feel lonely, despite being surrounded by others. It increases openness and helps shy aloof people that want to share but feel overwhelmed.
They have both expectorant and diuretic properties and can be taken in a tea for coughs, colds, and rheumatism. Make a pot of violet tea to use as a gargle, or add honey to thicken the tea.
In Pakistan, violet tea is drunk to increase sweating and reduce fever. It’s also said that violets relieve anxiety, insomnia and reduce high blood pressure. In the 17th century throat lozenges, made with violet conserve, were used to treat bronchitis, as well as to combat sinus congestion.
Most common functions of violet flowers:
clearing the chest
relieves sinus headache
weeping eczema and skin complaints
boils and carbuncles
First drank during Victorian times by the wealthy, violet tea is said to evoke memories and also for medicinal purposes. The scent and taste of violet tea was once fit for a queen, but now you have the opportunity to make your own.
Select violets.Clean violets gently. Pour boiling water over a few grams of dry violet flowers. Strain the flowers and pour away the water. You could consider this step as "waking the violet flowers up" or washing them.
Then, pour the water over the violet flowers again and wait for 3-5mins. Then strain the flowers, add a little honey to taste (optional) and enjoy.
How to Make Violet Eye Cream
Violet eye cream is a skincare product you can make at home to reduce puffiness, the appearance of wrinkles and to brighten and regenerate the delicate skin around your eyes. Many products on the market may contain ingredients you may want to avoid because of skin sensitivity or allergy. However, you are in control of what goes into the product when you Make homemade eye cream using Violet
Things You’ll Need:
• Fresh violet flowers and leaves
• Almond oil
• Plastic or other non porous mixing spoon
• Double boiler
• Horsetail (also called shavegrass)
• Small food grater or a chopping knife and cutting board
• Vitamin E oil
• Evening primrose oil, optional as substitute for chamomile
• Blue chamomile oil, optional if an allergy is known
• Medicine dropper
• 1/4 oz. jars
Lay about cup of newly cut violet flowers and leaves on a towel to wilt overnight. A good starting point is two rounded handfuls of both flowers and leaves. You want an equal amount of each to prepare the eye cream.
Boil water in the bottom section of a double boiler. Add enough water to let it simmer for 5 hours. Place approximately 1 1/4 cups of almond oil in the top section of the double boiler.
Measure out an amount of horsetail that equals the amount of violet flowers you have, about 1/2 cup. Place horsetail and violet leaves and flowers into the almond oil and let the mixture steep for 5 hours.
Grate or chop your beeswax into small pieces until you have a golf ball-sized amount. Do this at any time while the oil and plant mixture steeps.
Strain the oil mixture into a clean bowl, being careful to remove all of the plant material from the almond oil. Wipe out any plant material from the double boiler
Pour the strained oil back into the double boiler and add the beeswax. Mix the beeswax into the oil until it’s fully incorporated.
Remove the double boiler from heat and add ten drops Vitamin E and an equal amount of either blue chamomile or evening primrose oil. If you prefer, you could also use half chamomile and half evening primrose oil, but don’t add too much liquid to the mixture. Stir until just mixed.
Pour the solution into small, clean jars or containers into which you can easily fit a fingertip, about the size of a small jar of lip balm. Let the solution cool before capping to help avoid the formation of condensation inside the jar.
The fragrance of violets is heavenly, and often it evokes fond memories.
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.
Once a bag of herbals or flowers is opened, The herbals could be kept in ambient and dry conditions such as in the living room, the study or the office, but it must be completely away from light, moisture, smell and heat.
An airtight container or a vacuum tank is an ideal storage solution.
Sealed Clips are also a good choice for opened packaging bags.
The quality of the herbals lasts longer if they are kept in the fridge. But please make sure the package is sealed and cover with a box to insulate from temperature change.
In addition, if the bag is taken in and out from the fridge very often, this will cause heat stress to the herbals as temperature is increased and decreased very frequently. Air will be drawn from outside and condensation will occur.
That is why we packed our herbals into small sealed packaging bags instead of large bags or boxes. You could open a small bag of the herbal and enjoy its freshness while the other bags are sealed and well kept in the fridge.
Do not use flowers that may have been sprayed with pesticides or other poisons. Violent illness and death can follow drinking tea with any poison in it.
PS: drinking excessive amounts of Viola odorata can cause vomiting.
Many alternative medicine health care providers feel that using certain herbal teas during pregnancy is a great way to support optimal pregnancy health. Herbal teas can often provide an additional source of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and iron.
However, due to the lack of studies on most herbs, the FDA encourages caution when consuming herbal teas during pregnancy.
It is always best to talk with a qualified medical professional about any herbal teas that you are interested in drinking.