This little plant is very dear to my heart. It is one most people in America are familiar with under the name of Johnny-Jump-Up, and has been used for medicine and magic for centuries. I first learned of it when I was a very small child because it grew rampant around my great-grandmother’s house. Now that I live in this house, I was very saddened to learn that my grandfather had poisoned these beauties into oblivion.
To rectify the problem, I have recently started a new colony of these wonderful plants, and plan to spread the seeds all over my land. They are a dear friend, and they are very good medicine.
Anodyne, Demulcent, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Expectorant, Laxative, Vulnerary
Uses for Heartsease Include:
Medicinal: Helps with skin problems, diarrhea, urinary problems, jaundice, gout, rheumatic problems, arteriosclerosis, asthma, bedwetting, nervous complaints, hysteria, cramps, and wounds. The flowers are also edible, and contain many antioxidants.
Cosmetic: It is useful for clearing up rashes and acne, and it helps soften the skin.
Energetic and Spiritual: Pansy is an herb which belongs to the element of Water, and is ruled by the planet Saturn. When worn or carried, it attracts love. Likewise if planted in a heart shape and the flowers thrive, so too will your love.
Infusion: Steep 1-2 teaspoons leaves and flowers in ½ cup hot water. Strain and take 1 cup a day, a mouthful at a time, or use the infusion to wash rashes. This method is useful for all problems listed above.
Cold Extract: Soak 2-4 teaspoons leaves and flowers in 1 cup cold water for 8 hours. Strain and take 1 cup a day, a mouthful at a time, or use to wash rashes. This method is useful for all problems listed above.
Contraindications: Excessive doses or prolonged, continuous use can lead to skin problems.
Information Pulled From:
The Herb Book by John Lust
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
The Master Book of Herbalism by Paul Beyerl