Heart's Ease herb (Violae tricoloris herba)

Published March 13, 1986.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Viola tricoloris herba, heart's ease herb, viola, Johnny Jump-up.

Composition of Drug

Viola herb consists of the dried, above-ground parts of Viola tricolor L., mainly of the subspecies V. vulgaris (Koch) Oborny and subspecies V. arvensis (Murray) Gaudin [Fam. Violaceae], harvested at flowering season, as well as their preparations in effective dosage.

The herb contains flavonoids.



Mild seborrheic skin diseases, milk scall in children. Contraindications None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

1.5 g of drug per cup of water as tea, 3 times daily; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Chopped herb for teas and decoctions and for other galenical preparations for external use.