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Violet Leaf Absolute

Viola odorata

Violet Leaf Absolute


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.

I haven't worked much with Violet Leaf Absolute for emotional or spiritual applications, but Valerie Ann Worwood recommends it for "timidity of the spirit" and describes it as helping "to encourage security, courage, confidence, centering, gentleness, and upliftment." [Valerie Ann Worwood, Aromatherapy for the Soul (Novato, CA: New World Library, 1999, 284.]

Refer to the remainder of the profile for Violet Leaf Absolute uses, benefits and safety information.

Violet Leaf Absolute Benefits and Uses

  • Rheumatic Conditions
  • Fluid Retention
  • Edema
  • Cellulite
  • Stress-induced Acne
  • Prematurely Aged Skin
  • Bruising
  • Sore Skin
  • Nervous Exhaustion
  • Perfumery

Source: Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016, 630.

Botanical Name

Viola odorata

Plant Family


Common Method of Extraction

Solvent Extracted
What is an Absolute?

Plant Part Typically Used



Bottle Depicting the Typical Color of Violet Leaf Absolute

Dark Green



Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma

Middle - Base

Violets with Leaves

Aromatic Description

Violet Leaf Absolute smells green, earthy and slightly floral.

Major Constituents

  • 9, 12-Octadecadienoic Acid
  • 2,6-Nonedienal
  • Hexadecanoic Acid
  • 3-Pentadecenal
  • 1-Hexadecene
  • 1-Octadecene
  • 2,6,11-Trimethyldodecane

See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of typical constituents.

Source: B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1995), 134. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 467.

Violet Leaf Absolute Safety Information

Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Violet Leaf Absolute. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 467-468.]

General Safety Information

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. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. 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. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Shelf Life

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