Periwinkle herbaceous

Periwinkle herbaceous


Perennial herbaceous plant with creeping or ascending stems. The leaves are of two forms: the lower ones are round-ovate or ovate, the middle and upper ones are oblong-lanceolate, sharp, fluffy-rough on top and along the edges. Flowers up to 20 mm long, blue-violet, with pointed petals and sepals; subsequently ciliated along the edges. Stamens five, fruit of 2 free leaflets. Blooms in May-June.

Widely distributed in the Caucasus and Ukraine.

The herb and roots contain alkaloids that reduce blood pressure, tannins and rutin.

In folk medicine, tincture of roots on vodka is used for stomach ulcers.

The plant is poisonous (heart poison) and requires great care (curare-like effect).

An infusion of herbs is used in the treatment of purulent wounds and itchy dermatitis.

1 st. a spoonful of dry grass is brewed in a glass of boiling water, insisted for 30 minutes on the stove, not boiling. After cooling and straining, they wash the sore spots.

Vinca alkaloids are used for stage I and II hypertension, especially for its cerebral forms, for spasms of cerebral vessels, cerebral atherosclerosis, neurogenic and paroxysmal tachycardia.


Decoction (or infusion): 1 tbsp. a spoonful of herbs is boiled for 20 minutes in 1 glass of water (daily dose). Drink in 3-4 doses. Herbal powder: 1-2 g per dose 3-4 times daily.

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