Banafsaj, Banafshah, Banafsheh, Fleur de Mars, Garden Violet, Herba Violae, Neelapushpa, Sweet Violet Herb, Sweet Violet Root, Viola odorata, Violae Odoratae Rhizoma, Viole de Carême, Violet, Violeta, Violette Commune, Violette des Haies, Violette de Mars, Violette Odorante, Violette à Parfum, Violier Commun, Wild Violet, Zi Hua Di Ding.


Overview Information

Sweet violet is an herb. The root and parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

Sweet violet is used for stress, fatigue, insomnia, symptoms of menopause, depression, common cold, influenza, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work?

Sweet violet has chemicals that help break up chest congestion by thinning mucous and making it easier to cough up.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of sweet violet for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Sweet violet is LIKELY SAFE in the amounts found in foods.

When used as nose drops: Sweet violet is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when given as nose drops at bedtime for 30 days.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if it is safe to put sweet violet on the skin or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if sweet violet is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Children: Sweet violet is POSSIBLY SAFE in children 2-12 years old when taken by mouth in recommended doses.



We currently have no information for SWEET VIOLET Interactions.



The appropriate dose of sweet violet depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for sweet violet. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


  • Beiraghdar F, Einollahi B, Ghadyani A, et al. A two-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of Viola odorata, Echium amoenum and Physalis alkekengi mixture in symptomatic benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) men. Pharm Biol 2017;55(1):1800-5. View abstract.
  • Electronic Code of Federal Regulations. Title 21. Part 182 -- Substances Generally Recognized As Safe. Available at: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?CFRPart=182
  • Feyzabadi Z, Rezaeitalab F, Badiee S, et al. Efficacy of Violet oil, a traditional Iranian formula, in patients with chronic insomnia: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. J Ethnopharmacol 2018;214:22-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2017.11.036. View abstract.
  • Qasemzadeh MJ, Sharifi H, Hamedanian M, et al. The effect of Viola odorata flower syrup on the cough of children with asthma: a double-blind, randomized controlled trial. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med 2015;20(4):287-91. doi: 10.1177/2156587215584862. View abstract.

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