“Vinca” is the latin name for Periwinkle’s genus, which derives from the word meaning “to overcome.” It has been used since medieval time as a medicinal herb to manage a number of ailments.
The flower, leaves and seeds of the Periwinkle plant are used in some medicines, particularly anti cancer prescriptions. 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.
Periwinkle is often and most safely taken as a tea.
Country of Origin: Northern Europe
In addition to cancer fighting benefits, Periwinkle is known as an astringent agent. It is good for controlling excessive blood flow and can aid with menstrual issues. Periwinkle is also wonderful for skin conditions due to its anti-inflammatory properties..