It is considered to be an attribute of philosophers, in some countries it is a symbol of virginity and is adorned with wedding bouquets. On the other hand, it is planted on graves as a symbol of eternity, immortality and paradise. It was a plant of the goddess Venus. However, it is worth mentioning it not only because of its aesthetic qualities. It also has a healing effect, thanks to which it will face diseases.
Protection and composition of the periwinkle
The plant is partially protected as it is often dug up from the places where it grows due to its beautiful appearance. It is necessary to consult a specialist as the use of periwinkle can be dangerous because periwinkle is highly toxic.
The therapeutic raw material is the periwinkle herb. It contains a mixture of alkaloids divided into 3 groups of vincamine, vincin, vincanorine. These alkaloids reduce pressure and have an antispasmodic effect. Vincamine improves brain circulation. Besides, flavonoids, triterpenes and tannins, ursolic acid and bitter substances are present in vincine.
According to the Mediterranean tradition, the periwinkle infusion was to purify the blood, heal wounds and even heal wounded souls.
Periwinkle has a high number of health benefits.
For example, It can be used:
- For reducing blood pressure
- For diabetes mellitus
- As an anti-hemorrhagic agent
- For improving the cardiovascular system
- To improve cerebral and coronary circulation
- As a natural painkillers
- As an anti-atherosclerosis agent
- For detoxifying
In addition, it has a toning effect, helps to treat anaemia and also improves memory and circulation.
It is recommended to use the periwinkle in:
- dizziness and headaches
- memory problems
- coronary heart disease
- a weakening of the heart
- excessive and painful menstrual bleeding
- internal bleeding
Since periwinkle increases the supply of oxygen to the brain, it is often used to treat people who often feel weak. It can also be used externally for ulcers, burns and tonsillitis. It is also used in homoeopathic treatment.
In the pharmacy, we can use the ready-made preparations of the periwinkle. They improve blood flow through the brain vessels. They are administered in cerebral blood circulation disorders caused by stroke and brain injuries, atherosclerotic lesions and changes in the vessels of the eye.
Periwinkle is a plant valued not only because it looks nice, but also because of its healing properties. Periwinkle mainly affects the cardiovascular system, e.g. lowers blood pressure and acts against atherosclerosis. It also has a detoxifying effect. Although the plant is partially protected by species, we can easily buy preparations based on periwinkle in a pharmacy.