Heart's Ease

Other Name(s):

European Wild Pansy, Fer à Cheval, Field Pansy, Hearts Ease, Heartsease, Herbes Grasses, Johnny-Jump-Up, Ladies' Delight, Pansy, Pensee Sauvage, Pensée Sauvage, Persicaire Pied Rouge, Pied Rouge, Renouée Persicaire, Viola, Viola tricolor, Violae Tricoloris Herba, Wild Pansy.


Heart's ease is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

Heart's ease is used for speeding up metabolism, soothing sore throat, reducing whooping cough symptoms, and treating constipation.

Some people apply heart's ease directly to the skin for dry skin and other skin conditions including dandruff, warts, acne, rash, eczema, and impetigo.

Store heart's ease in a well-sealed container and away from light.

How does it work?

Heart's ease might decrease swelling (inflammation) and might act like an antioxidant.

Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of heart's ease for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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Side Effects

Heart's ease is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken appropriately by mouth or applied to the skin.

Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of heart's ease during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


The appropriate dose of heart's ease depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for heart's ease. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.


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