Last Modified on Jun 16, 2015
Periwinkle offers a lovely little flower, but it is the leaves and the seeds that are used in folk medicine. The leaves and seeds are rich in the chemical vincamine, an alkaloid that has positive effects on memory and has long been used to combat the effects of aging. In the body, it metabolizes into the brain chemical, vinpocetine.
Lesser Periwinkle or common periwinkle (vinca minor) is most often the species within the periwinkle family that is used for natural medicinal purposes. It is known as an astringent agent and as good for controlling excessive blood flow. In that last roll, it is used to treat wounds and to reduce menstrual flow.
Diabetes: However, periwinkle is best known as a natural remedy to help those with diabetes. Periwinkle is said to control swings in blood sugar. There is only limited data to support to this contention, though it has a long history of use behind it for that purpose as an herbal remedy.
Periwinkle is often and most safely taken as a tea.
[YEA] Yes it is very true and I just need to share my family's experience about this wonderful herb! My 2 cousins who had endometrial (stage 3) and cervical (stage 4) cancers were advised by my mother who was a herbalist to take periwinkle tea using its roots (OVER BITTER!!! ) at least for 3 cups a day or as much as they could and after 6 months their cancers went down to stage 1 after a year they were completely healed. It's been 20 years now and both my cousins are very healthy and still maintaining to drink their teas regularly. KUDOS to Periwinkle...
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