Banafsha (English names: wood violet, sweet violet, common violet, garden violet) is used in treating cough, asthma, fever with burning sensation, bodyache etc. It is used as an ingredient in many herbal cough syrups. One of its chemical components – Cycloviolacin O2 has anti-cancer potential. Violet Banafsha is the most fresh and the highest quality.
Botanical name: Viola odorata
Vernacular names (names in other languages): Banafsa, Banafsha, Vanafsha, Banapsa, Vayilethe
Rasa (taste): Katu (pungent), Tikta (bitter)
Guna (qualities): Laghu (lightness), Snigdha (oiliness, unctuousness)
Vipaka: Katu (Undergoes pungent taste conversion after digestion)
Veerya: Ushna (Hot potency)
Effect on the Doshas: Balances Vata and Pitta Dosha.
- Used to treat fever with cold, cough, also asthma and chronic respiratory disorders.
- Leaves are used for treating swelling, inflammation, jaundice, headache, body pains.
- Good for skin
- Induces mobility, causes diarrhoea, purgation, relieves constipation
- It is useful in burning eyes, burning sensation while passing urine
- Dried powder of flower is also useful to induce sleep.
- Dried flower powder – 1 – 2 grams is administered along with water once or twice a day.
- Not suitable for children below 10 years of age and in diseases of cold origin.
50g-1kg. Available whole and powdered.
Store in a cool dry place.