Violets and cancer. Comment please?

Adam Van Wirdum adamtfg at
Sat Jul 29 01:57:46 EST 1995

                                                        Will violets cure
An ancient Australian herbalist thinks so. In a facinating new book
recently published he has shown that violets have been used as an
anti-cancer remedy for 100 years. They are especially popular in French and
English country folklore. Documented evidence of total remission of cancer
has existed for hundreds of years while being ignored by the modern medical
establishment. Has this plant missed being analysed because it is too
common? While huge corporations screen thousands of plants from the
Rainforests of South America the answer could be sitting in their own
corporate garden.


"Violets secrete a soft substance called mucilage which is useful in cases
of ..inflammation and irritation of the stomach and intestine. In the
official medical records there is a case of a man who cured himself of
cancer of the throat by infusions and compresses of Violets.''
Maurice Messague 1975

Violets are one of the best of all blood purifying herbs. Maude Grieve and
Maurice Messegue, two of the greatest herbalists of this century, speak
glowingly of the humble Violet, although they are cautious in recommending
its use for cancer.

"Of late years, preparations of fresh Violet leaves have been used both
internally and externally in the treatment of cancer, and though the
British Pharmacopoeia does not uphold the treatment, it specifies how they
are employed. From other sources it is stated that Violet leaves have been
used with benefit to allay the pain in cancerous growths, especially in the
throat, which no other treatment relieved, and several reputed cures have
been recorded''
Maude Grieve 1931

Maude Grieve in her classic 1931 herb book "A Modern Herbal" gives specific
instructions for making Violet tea (2 1/2 ounces fresh leaves to one pint
of boiling water). Interestingly, Violets have a very long tradition of
being used for cancer. Culpeper says:
 "the green leaves are used with other herbs to make plasters and poultices
for inflammation and swellings and to ease all pain"
Catherine Booth, the wife of the founder of the Salvation Army is said to
have used Violet leaves to ease the pain of her advanced cancer.
Nelson Coon mentions the case of Lady Margaret Marsham whose throat was
closed by a malignant growth, External infusions of Violet leaves were made
and the cancer apparently disappeared very quickly.
"The Violet plant, as far back as 500 B.C., was used in poultice form as a
cure for surface cancer. It was used in 18th century England for the same
purpose. And now only months ago - a letter from a farmer in Michigan tells
me how he used the Violet plant as a skin cancer remedy. When the remedy
was tried on a cancerous mouse here at the Institute, we found that it did
damage the cancer."
Dr. J.L.Hartwell, National Cancer Institute USA. Quoted in N. Coon 1977
There are many varieties of .i.violet ;on the market at the moment.
Commonly "General Herricks", the large florist's violet, is sold in
nurseries as Viola Odorata. This is not the one I recommend for helping
treat Cancer. The small old-fashioned, mauve garden violet of grandma's
garden(Prince of Wales) with small, pretty, fragrant, violet blue flowers
is the one that has been used for centuries for healing. Other violets may
works as well , but no-one has really done the necessary extensive research
on Violet leaves for which the repeated claims over the centuries cry out.
Violets are simplicitly themselves to take. Pick several leaves and infuse
them in boiling water and drink. I often have Violet leaf tea when I have
the flu. Its "nothing" flavour is strangely invigorating and "moreish".
Perhaps my body is craving what it knows is good for it.
Fresh Violet leaves can also be picked from the garden, torn and added to a
salad. They are quite tasty with a dressing. "
from "The Healing Garden 1994 Michael Bailes and Kangaroo Press.copyright

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