Violet Leaf Essential Oil (Viola odorata)


Violet Leaf may also be referred to as wood violet, sweet violet, English violet, common violet, florist's violet, garden violet, or violet leaf absolute. It is typically processed using solvent extracted or absolute as a method for extracting oil from the leaves.


Violet leaf oil comes from the leaves of the Viola odorata plant. It has a floral, earthy scent.

Violet Leaf Absolute is an intriguing absolute to work with. Aromatically, it possesses a green aroma with a slight earthy, floral character at low dilutions. As an absolute, I particularly prefer it for use in perfumery and fragrancing applications. It blends especially well with essential oils in the floral, herb and wood families.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Earthy Green Slightly floral

  • Common Name(s): wood violet, sweet violet, English violet, common violet, florist's violet, garden violet, or violet leaf absolute
  • Botanical Family: Violaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Viola
  • Major Compounds: 9, 12-Octadecadienoic Acid, 2,6-Nonedienal, Hexadecanoic Acid, 3-Pentadecenal, 1-Hexadecene, 1-Octadecene, 2,6,11-Trimethyldodecane
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Consistency: Thick
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Middle - Base
  • Color: Dark Green
  • Processing Methods: Solvent Extracted or Absolute
  • Part Typically Used: Leaves
  • Ethically and sustainably sourced Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Benefits & Uses

May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:

Bruises Cellulite Exhaustion Nervous Conditions / Tension Rheumatism Rheumatoid Arthritis Skin : Mature Spots ( Acne ) Water Retention

Therapeutic Benefits of Violet Leaf:


Other Uses for Violet Leaf:

Natural Perfumery

Cautions & Safety

Safety Precautions for Violet Leaf:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.


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