Although it has several advantages, the pansy herb is primarily used to treat disorders in specific areas - the skin, lungs and the urinary system. The herb may be used to cure eczema and supplementary skin problems, where there is exudate eczema, also known as weeping. In fact exudate eczema is a condition where a substance such as sweat or a cellular waste product is given out from a cell or organ in excess. Functioning as an anti-inflammatory expectorant, the herb is extensively recommended to cure whooping cough (a bacterial infection that leads to aggressive coughing seizures followed by sharp, strident gasps) as well as heightened bronchitis. In such conditions, the common pansy offers comfort, aiding the body to heal itself alongside. In case of urinary disorders, the pansy is advantageous in curing cystitis and may also be recommended for treating indications of recurrent and excruciating urination. The pansy, in different forms, is extremely beneficial in curing different skin disorders. A tea either prepared from the dehydrated pansy flowers or the entire plant is effectual in treating skin ailments. Even the herb's roots are useful in these conditions. In addition pansy may be rubbed on outwardly as an ointment or even ingested to free the system of all the noxious that are responsible for all types of skin diseases. Earlier, the pansy, like its relative Viola odorata, was extensively used as an expectorant for throwing out phlegm (the thick mucous produced by the linings in the respiratory tracts during a cold). In addition, the pansy has also been considered as a demulcent - a material that comforts mucous membranes like in the respiratory tract. Nonetheless, there is no scientific or clinical proof as far as the pansy's healing properties are concerned.
Basically, the pansy plant is indigenous to Europe, North Africa and the temperate climate zones in Asia. However, over the years, the herb has acclimatized to the conditions in both the Americas and is now commercially cultivated in various parts of the world. The herb grows naturally in different environments ranging from the verdant mountains covered with grass to the coastal plains. Normally, pansy is cultivated as a garden plant, and the above ground parts of the plant that are useful therapeutically are harvested during the summer.
Pansy may be ingested both as an infusion as well as tincture. Infusion: To prepare an infusion with pansy, add one to two teaspoons of the dehydrated herb to one cup of boiling water and allow it to permeate for 10 to 15 minutes. It is best to consume this infusion three times daily. Tincture: To get rid of different ailments, take two to four ml of the tincture prepared with pansy thrice every day.
The pansy is an annually growing herb and can be harvested all the way through its cultivating season that normally lasts from March to August.
Pansy blended with coltsfoot (a plant with large hoof-shaped leaves) may be used to treat ailments of the lung or the respiratory tract. On the other hand, pansy may be blended with other herbs like red clover, nettles (a plant found in the wild bearing saw-toothed leaves like a stinging nettle) and cleavers to treat skin problems. The pansy may also be used to cure cystitis or the inflammation of the urinary bladder owing to infections by blending it with couch grass and buchu (a bush with leaves that possess diuretic properties).