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Viola odorata
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Viola odorata

The violet has a reputation for shyness, fragility and sweetness as expressed in Victorian poems and literature eg a shrinking violet is someone who stands at the edge, away from the full glare of society. Its diminutive forms an association with children and childhood whilst its delicate downy heart shaped leaves and rich purple-blue petals make an association with love and beauty.

Homeopathically its chief affinities are with the right side of the body, especially problems with the right wrist, ear problems, rheumatism, tension in the scalp, and combined ear, eye, and kidney symptoms.

Outwardly the physiological person in extremely shy, retiring, basahful, hesitant, anxoius to avoid the glare of publicity, always in the backgroud (imitating as it were the low form of the violet) but at the same time displaying a sweetness of temperament (fragrance of the violet) and an endearing lovable beauty (heart shaped leaf, slender gracefulness and colour). 

The inner psychological picture however is one of inner mental tension. The patient is so sensitive that they become highly intellectual as a defense mechanism, often hiding behind a mask of cleverness. They feel physical tension in their head, scalp and neck and begin to lose control when under stress. As a result they try in vain to make sense of their disconnected thoughts and frantically reach out to make something coherent of their understanding which disintegrates the more they try. This experience results in nervousness close to hysteria, trembling and crying without knowing why. It is as if their suppressed emotions, which they have subdued so well and for so long suddenly escapes and they no longer know what to do about it. Burning flashes felt in the eyes, skin and throughout the body appear to be another expression of the burning or smouldering emotions that have been kept at bay.

Right sided headache often combined with ear ache. There is heaviness of the head and the scalp is tense with a sensation of weakness in neck muscles. The pain is mainly frontal in the forehead extending to the sinuses, around the eyes, across the temple and around the ears

Eyes feels heavy with lids closing as from tiredness. Hot and burning sensation with illusions of fiery images, flames and cicles.

There are shooting, roaring, sharp, tickling, sticking pains in ears which are worse on the left side. Hearing can be affected and unusually deafness is worse when noises stop. There may be other ear affectations including otorrhoea and otitis. Another strange symptom is an aversion to music particularly that of the violin.

Dryness with thirst especially at night. The tongue is so dry it may be hardly moveable. The gums and lips also dry with desire to constantly wet them.

Dry, short, spasmodic, tickling cough, worse in daytime and when lying down, with thick yellow (sometimes white) expectoration. Nose and sinuses may be blocked causing difficulty in breathing, dyspnoea and palpitations with knife like chest pain. Mentals resulting from these symptoms are anxiety and hysteria.

Gastro Intestinal
Abdomen greatly distended in the morning with a feeling of weight and gas which is relieved by erutation. Ther may also be nausea followed by slimy vomit.

Rheumatism of the deltoid muscle and right wrist. There is a constant right sided backache with trembling of the limbs which feel tired, heavy and numb that is ameliorated by rubbing, lying down, standing and heat.

Sleeplessness after midnight with uncontrolled restlessness and confused frightening dreams. Chest pain, constant cough, or thirst prevents sleep. Unrefreshed in the morning with drowsiness throughout the day.

Burning States
65 per cent of the burning symptoms are left-sided.
(a) Burning under the nose.
(b) Burning micturition at night, burning before the act, which is long in coming.
(c) Burning raw throat.
(d) Burning in the back.
(e) Burning about the epigastrium.
(f) Burning in the stomach.
(g) Burning eyes.
(j) Burning low down in the throat, like a lump there.

Strange, Rare & Perculiar (SRPs)
1. An unusual symptom the sensitivity to music especially violin music which irritates and upsets them. Rajan Sankaran notes that he has seen cases of violinists requiring this remedy in order to play the violin better from a requirement  of hightened precision and refined sensitivity. The remedy also experiences pain in the head, scalp, wrist and neck, where a violinist might feel strain.

2. The other theme is that of childishness where the remedy is indicated for worms in children, childish behaviour, refusing to eat, crying without knowing why, refusing to talk or participate in company, and a very soft childlike voice.

Cool air, dull wet day
Eating, coffee, milk, sugar
Bending back and forth

After rising, stretching

Chenopodium (ears; serous or bloody effusion in the labyrinth; chronic otitis media; progressive deafness to the voice, but sensitive to sounds of passing vehicles and other sounds; buzzing; absent or deficient bone conduction; a consciousness of the ear; hearing better for shrill, high-pitched sounds than for low ones);
Aur; Cauloph (in rheumatism of small joints), Cina; Ign; Puls; Sep;
Carcinosinum as a constitutional remedy.


Viola odorata
Viola odorata

Viola odorata

Kingdom: Plant
Latin Name: Viola odorata 
Common Name: English violet 
Homeopahtic: Viola odorata  


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