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The healing power of vinca or lesser periwinkle

  1. Periwinkle is a beautiful, decorative and flowery plant. It is used all over the world as an ornamental plant. In addition, it has medicinal properties. Vinca is mainly used against all kinds of brain diseases such as Alzheimer's and stroke. It makes you think more sharply again. As a result, it can also be used if you have to perform a lot of intellectual work, for example during an exam. The flowers of the vinca can be eaten. You can put them on top of a green salad for decoration. In addition, the purple, five-leaved flowers can decorate the icing on a cake.

Naming little periwinkle

  1. All plants have scientific names used by researchers. This way, one will not get any misunderstandings about the exact species one is talking about. The Latin name of periwinkle is Vinca Minor. Vinca is derived from 'vincire' which means to bind. It can also be derived from 'vincere' which means to overcome. Due to its healing power, the little periwinkle overcomes diseases. Minor means 'small'. The vinca minor is a low-growing flowery plant. The plant is probably called periwinkle because in ancient times it was used to wrap deceased, unmarried ladies with a floral wreath of this plant. In addition, brides wore a wreath of periwinkle as a sign of her virgin state of life. In Dutch

Vinca among the antiques

  1. Vinca was known in Sumer and ancient Egypt, but it is unknown whether they used the plant for medicinal purposes. Dioscorides, pioneer of medicine and herbal science, used periwinkle for nosebleeds, diarrhea, dropsy and to accelerate the healing process of wounds. In addition, it was in ancient Greece and with the ancient Romans

Periwinkle from 16th century until now

  1. Agricola wrote in the 16th century that periwinkle was good for sore throats and Matthiolus recommended it for nosebleeds. Rembert Dodoens, the pioneering herbal scientist

Active ingredients periwinkle

  1. The entire above-ground part of the plant is used from periwinkle. It is picked during the flowering period. It contains at least 13 major indole alkaloids. Furthermore, the plant contains; tannins, flavonols and betasitosterol. To a lesser extent it contains the following substances: formic, acetic, butyric and succinic acids, triterpene steroids, phenolic acids, saponins, bitter substances, vitamin C, pectin and the minerals calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium and manganese

Periwinkle, good for the brain

  1. Periwinkle has a dilating effect on the cerebral blood vessels. This increases brain blood flow. This is accompanied by a large oxygen and glucose supply. The brain cells can perform their function better. The resulting improvement of the intracellular mechanism leads to a more efficient functioning of the neurotransmitters. Vincamine, eburmamonine and flavonoids

Other medicinal properties of periwinkle

  1. Because it has an astringent effect, it can be used for bronchitis. Because vinca has a calming effect, it is used for restlessness, irritability, insomnia and anxiety. Due to the fact that it is a tonic over general tonic, it is used in anemia. Since it is an appetizing herb, it is used in anorexia.

Consult a herbalist

  1. Anyone who wants to use periwinkle as a medicinal remedy is recommended to consult a herbalist. Small periwinkle extracts and medicines in the form of mother tincture, powder, dried herb, liquid extract and decoction should only be used on prescription by authorized persons. A phytotherapist can tell you more about this, as well as about any side effects and interactions with other medicines or herbs. There are also beneficial combinations with herbs. Some herbs can enhance each other's effects; this is called synergy. All medicinal effects of this medicinal herb mentioned in this article are based on scientific research and come from Geert Verhelst's Large Handbook of Medicinal Plants, a standard work in the field of healing plants. The book is used in herbal medicine.

  2. Anyone who wants to use periwinkle as a medicinal remedy is recommended to take a consultation with a phytotherapist. Small periwinkle extracts and medicines in the form of mother tincture, powder, dried herb, liquid extract and decoction should only be prescribed by authorized persons.

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