Biological Name: Vinca major, Vinca minor
Other Names: Periwinkle, Greater Periwinkle, early flowering periwinkle, lesser periwinkle
Parts Used: Aerial parts
Active Compounds: Indole alkaloids, tannins
Periwinkle is an excellent all-round astringent that may be used internally or externally. Its main use is in the treatment of excessive menstrual flow, either during the period itself (menorrhagia) or with blood loss between periods (metrorrhagia). As with other remedies that effect the uterus, it can be used to address similar processes in the urinary system. Thus it can be used for cases hematuria. Also used in digestive problems such as colitis or diarrhea where it will act to reduce the loss of fluid or blood whilst toning the membranes. May be used in cases of nose bleed, bleeding gums, mouth ulcers or sore throats.
Combinations: It will combine well with Cranesbill and Agrimony. For menstrual problems it may be used with Beth Root.
Description: Indigenous to Southern Europe.
Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 1 teaspoonful of the dried herb and let infuse for 10-15 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.
Tincture: Take 1-2ml of the tincture three times a day.
No information available. Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.