Pansies are cheerful flowers that brighten the garden. These tri-colored annuals come in purple, maroon, yellow, white, and various other shades. If you’re looking for the perfect plantings for your window boxes, particularly early in the spring, these fragrant blooms are for you. Perhaps best of all, the petals and leaves are edible and, according to modern research and traditional medicine practitioners, there are many health benefits of pansies.

1. Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Fungal Properties

Treatment for skin conditions is one of the most popular ways to use pansies. These annuals boast both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that make them a potent defense against skin issues like acne, impetigo, eczema, and psoriasis. Ointments and creams containing pansy extracts deliver soothing relief of flare-ups. If you don’t have such a cream or ointment on hand, tea brewed from pansies can be made into a poultice and applied to affected areas.

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