Did you know that Pansy is a natural remedy for hives, to purify the blood and purify the skin? Discover in this post how to purify the skin with natural remedies.


The pansy, or wild pansy (in English “wild pansy”), or viola tricolor, is native to the temperate zones of Europe and Asia and belonging to the Violaceae family. There are in particular two varieties of Viola tricolor: a small one with a white flower (Viola tricolor arvensis) and a larger one with a violet flower (Viola tricolor vulgaris).

The original species of wild pansy presents an erect and robust stem, even forty centimeters high, which from April to October produces small corollas supported by long and slender stems. These flowers are golden-yellow, tinged with white or purple on the upper part and give off a delicate fragrance. The altimetric strip occupied by the Viola tricolor goes from 500 to 1000 meters and, in some areas, it appears even at higher altitude; particularly loves the sun.

In herbal medicine It is used the aerial parts of Viola tricolor arvensis harvested during flowering and dried, containing at least 1.5% flavonoids expressed as violantina. The dried flowers contain: mucilage, salicylic derivatives (gaulterin) with anti-inflammatory activity, traces of saponins and mineral substances.

As a herbalist I feel, before advancing in the speech, to make a clarification: on our Italian Alps vegetate in a pre-eminent way 6 types of violet: Purple biflora or yellow violet, Viola calcarata or violet butterfly, Viola hirta or violet without odor, Viola labraedorica or purple Labrador, Viola odorata or violet and Viola tricolor or wild pansy. Let’s not get confused!

Wild pansy: main activities and therapeutic use

The main activities of Viola tricolor are: purifying, diuretic, analgesic, eudermic.

Therapeutic use:

  • dermatosis (acne, impetigo, psoriasis, pruritus, ulceration, milk crust);
  • rheumatic forms;
  • urinary system pathology.

The German Commission reports the following therapeutic indications: cutaneous inflammations, dermatological affections of a seborrheic nature (scalp), eczema; moderate acne; as a purifier.

Wild pansy to purify the skin and blood

The flowers, rich in flavonoids and anthocyanins, are characterized by the property of helping to improve tissue microcirculation. Again in the presence of flavonoids the diuretic, purifying, emollient and anti-itching properties, already known for a long time, that make the plant particularly valid in the treatment of skin diseases such as eczema, acne, psoriasis, milk crust, etc. are ascribed.

It is well known that to combat the biological and metabolic disorders that accompany certain skin diseases it is extremely important to promote the elimination of toxins from the body, through those that can be considered the natural excretors: liver, kidneys, intestine, skin, in how much the faulty functioning of these excretors hinders the elimination of toxins produced by the organism. Thanks to the global activity on the organism, but also elective on the cutaneous tissue, Viola tricolor is particularly effective as it is able to strengthen the liver activity, biliary secretion and diuresis in a bland way and to effectively counteract the excessive secretion of the sebaceous glands.

These characteristics make it a particularly suitable plant for drainage: it is no coincidence that popular medicine saw the plant as a “blood purifier” capable of stimulating the metabolism.

For these characteristics it falls within the formulations to be implemented in the so-called spring depurative cures where it will be particularly effective for those subjects who easily present cutaneous manifestations. A very valid depurative formulation involves the association of Viola tricolor with Arctium lappa, Cynara scolymus. It could also include Fumaria officinalis (Fumitory).

The anti-inflammatory action (primarily due to the salicylic acid and gaulterin it contains), diaphoretic and diuretic, will also make it valuable as an adjunct in the treatment of rheumatic and arteriosclerosis that go hand in hand with dermatosis.

Wild pansy Mother Tincture: when and how to use it

Wild pansy mother tincture: it is prepared from the whole fresh plant (title 45 °). If you take 50 drops, diluted in water, 1-3 times a day. It is generally used for the purifying action, useful for purifying the skin in case of acne, dermatitis, boils, hives, impetigo.

Wild Pansy Mother Tincture can be used alone or, in scientific literature, some association points can be found to exploit its dermo-purifying properties in synergy with other similar plants: a classic formulation particularly recommended in phytotherapy for the treatment of dermatosis in general and therefore also for acne, also reported by Dr. Campanini in her “Phytotherapy Dictionary and medicinal plants“, is the one composed of Artichoke Mother TinctureBurdock Mother Tincture, Wild Pansy Mother Tincture to be used in equal parts in a single bottle. Based on the dosage it can be used in two ways:

  • for drainage: it is a purifying formulation of first choice as it is able to manifest both a global activity on the organism and elective on the skin tissue. In fact, this trio of plants possesses diuretic, diaphoretic and cholagogic properties such as to fully justify the fame of depurative plants and thus regularize the secretion of the sebaceous glands. The purpose of the drainage technique is to increase the overall physiological functions of depuration of the organism in a balanced way and to determine, therefore, a deep detoxifying action able to rebalance the internal homeostasis. In this case, here is the dosage for good drainage: 30 drops should be taken diluted in water 2 times a day for 20 days or in any case for no more than 2-3 weeks;
  • for the therapeutic phase: it changes the intake dosage with respect to drainage alone, so as to act more clearly on the “ground”, without fear at this point of causing an aggravation of the symptomatology. The dosage will therefore be the following: 50 drops diluted in water 3 times a day for at least 2 months; example of a therapeutic plan recommended in phytotherapy: first take 30 drops diluted in water 2-3 times a day for 2-3 weeks, then switch to 50 drops 3 times a day.

Tetau instead reports this dermopurifying formulation, recommended for example for the pimples: Burdock Mother Tincture, Wild Pansy Mother Tincture, Dandelion Mother Tincture, in equal parts to reach 125 ml total, in single bottle. Use: 50-70 drops, diluted in a little water and sipped slowly, fasting in the morning and before 2 meals. For any topical treatment, for boils, for example, Chiereghin recommends using pure hypericum oil or as a cosmeceutical we recommend Sebo lift anti-imperfection treatment and the detergent and oily and combinatin skn cream.

Another dermopurifying formulation, by Bergeret and Tétau (La Nuova Fitoterapia, 1983) provides for the association of Burdock Mother Tincture, Wild Pansy Mother Tincture, Fumaria Mother Tincture, in equal parts to reach a total of 125 ml, in a single bottle . Burdock is the a typical remedy for dysfunctions, even inflamed skin, tricolor viola is very ancient remedy of dermatosis and fumaria acts as a dermal drainage. Doses: 50-70 drops in the morning, noon and night on an empty stomach. Dilute the product in a little water and drink in small sips held each time for about 1 min under the tongue to favor a first absorption by the oral mucosa. In adolescents the single dose will be 10-45 drops. This formulation, Chiereghin reports in particular for impetigo.

For those wishing to exploit the flaming properties and regulation of the sebaceous secretion of Viola tricolor on oily skin, it can also prepare an infusion of tricolor viola and mix it with green clay to obtain a homogeneous and creamy mixture, cleanse the face and then apply this mask on the interested parts. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, then remove with warm water.

Viola tricolor: does it have contraindications?

No, the literature does not report secondary and toxic effects at therapeutic doses, unless there is a particular individual sensitivity.

Dr. Laura Comollo

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