Pansy is an herbal plant with beautiful and unique looking flowers. The flowers of Pansy actually have three colors – purple, white and yellow. Due to its attractive flower, Pansy is grown mostly as a garden plant.
In herbal science, Pansy offers some unique herbal benefits. For therapeutic use, Pansy is harvested during the summer. As a plant, Pansy is perennial in nature and can be found in the following parts of the world – Europe, Asia and Africa.
What is Pansy?
Pansy is an herbal plant that is scientifically known as Viola Tricolor. The scientific name of the plant refers to its unique tricolor flower. The term Pansy has been taken from the French language and it refers to ‘thought’. It is said that the three colors of the flower stand for the following – memories, loving thoughts and souvenirs. Pansy was always associated with love and heavy hearts of separated lovers. In the early days, the herb was used to make love potions. Other common names of this herb include – Heartsease, Ladies’ delight, Wild Pansy and Field Pansy.
How does it work?
Pansy has the following chemicals – flavonoids, resin, saponin, violin, methyl salicylate and mucilage. The herb offers the following medicinal properties– anodyne, expectorant, diuretic, demulcent, diaphoretic and laxative.
Following are the health related benefits of Pansy:
Pansy has been widely used to cure skin related conditions. In the year 1597, John Gerard in his book titled Herball clearly mentions the external usage of this herb for treating scabs, ulcers and skin itching.Pansy is currently associated with the herbal treatment of eczema and weeping eczema. During the earlier times, herbal tea prepared using dried pansy flowers was used to treat skin problems. Today, herbal tea is made using the roots and even the entire plant of Pansy. Some also suggest applying the juice of the plant topically to cure skin diseases.
Pansy is also used as an expectorant to treat respiratory problems such as whooping cough and bronchitis. The herb helps in removing the phlegm from the body during an attack of cold and cough.
Apart from using it for treating skin and respiratory conditions, Pansy can also be used to cure some cases of urinary disorders. The herb is particularly associated with the treatment of cystitis and frequent urination.
Herbal practitioners in ancient times used this herb for reducing fever. Today, some claim that the herb can effectively fight Hantavirus that can cause fever. Pansy is also known as a blood purifier and can help in reducing headache, nausea and vomiting.
To make an herbal tea using Pansy, use a teaspoon of the dried herbal extract for a cup of boiling water. The herbal tea should be taken three times per day. Some also use 2 ml of the herbal tincture three times per day.
Pansy contains saponins and therefore overdose of the herb may be dangerous. Long term usage and excess usage of the herb may also cause skin issues.
Pansy is an attractive plant that is mainly associated with the treatment of skin, respiratory and urinary conditions. The herb was tried and tested during ancient times. Pansy is listed in the US Pharmacopeia. Pansy tea made using the flowers or other parts of the plant is bitter tasting but a valuable herbal remedy.
Drug interactions of Pansy are not clear due to the limited number of scientific studies on the herb.