Vinca herbacea (Herbaceous Periwinkle). A perennial herb with humifuse stems. The leaves are opposite: lower - rounded-ovate or ovate, mid and upper - are oblong-lanceolate, acute, above and at the edges are lanate-rough. Flowers are up to 20 mm long, blue-purple, with tangy petals and sepals; the latter is ciliated on the edges. Five stamens, the fruit of two free leaves. It flowers in May and June. Is widely distributed in the Caucasus and Ukraine.

Vinca herbacea flowers

The grass and roots contain alkaloids, that lower blood pressure, tannin and rutin.

In traditional medicine, infusion of roots in vodka is applied with a stomach ulcer.

The plant is poisonous (cardiac poison) and requires great care (curariform effect).

Infusion of herbs is used in the treatment of purulent wounds and itchy dermatitis. 1 tbsp. of dry grass is brewed in a glass of boiled water for 30 minutes on the stove, without boiling. Cooled and filtered, washed the sore spots.

Vinca alkaloids are used in hypertension of I and II stage, in its brain forms, vascular spasm in the brain, cerebral atherosclerosis, neurogenic and paroxysmal tachycardia.

Application. The decoction (or extract): 1 tbsp. of herbs is boiled 20 minutes in 1 cup of water (daily dose). One should drink for 3-4 doses. A powder of herbs: 1-2 g per dose 3-4 times a day.

Vinca herbacea