Viola Tricolor is an annual or perennial plant with several branched stems forming a sprawling clump. The flowers are blue-violet in color with a long spur at the back. Sometimes they are partly white or yellow. It is a mild medical plant, valued as a purifying herb and is considered a remedy for a variety ailments, from diaper rash to eczema. It can be found growing in meadows and fields and even in cultivated gardens.
For compresses and rinses, pour half a cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of Viola tricolor, steep for 10 minutes and strain. Use several times daily. Take care, if you experience skin irritation or nausea after drinking tea made from Viola tricolor, discontinue the treatment.
Viola tricolor is used externally to treat bruises and variuos skin ailments, such as psoriasis and acne. It can be used to ease cradle cap and eczema in infants. When prepared as a cough syrup or tea it can be a reliable remedy to treat colds accompanied by fever, as well as for respiratory congestion. The plant can also aid in treating gout and rheumatism.
The first potatoes were cultivated in Peru about 7,000 years ago.