The violet contains, among others, phenolic glycosides, flavonoids, saponins,
alkaloids, mucilage and tannins. These compounds act in many ways to cure ailments.
• Flavonoids act as diuretics to help people with low blood pressure.
• Alkaloids have a vasodilating effect, causing the blood vessels to relax, allowing blood to flow more easily. thus, it helps to lower the blood pressure.
• Mucilage and saponins are soothing expectorants that help relieve coughs and other bronchial conditions.
• The salicylic acid in violets acts as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory compound similar to the active ingredient in aspirin, which helps people reduce the discomfort associated with arthritis or other discomforts joints.
• Significant quantities of rutin, a compound that strengthens the capillaries, are found in purple flowers. This compound prevents "leakage" of the blood vessels, which reduces the swelling caused by pain, which benefits people with inflammations.
• Violets contain rich antioxidant compounds in the form of beta-carotene and ascorbic acid. A 140 ml serving of violet leaves provides as much vitamin C equivalent as 4 oranges.
A group of experts based in Germany, evaluating the efficacy and safety of herbal medicines, has approved purple tea as a solution to several skin problems. Herbalists around the world also attest to the effectiveness of violets in the treatment of various diseases.