vinca minor

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A very powerful vasodilator for the brain so it helps increase blood flow to the brain more efficiently than any other herb known. Increases ATP in the brain which helps cells to function properly- one of the best memory boosters out there, also helps prevent stroke damage, post stroke. Periwinkle is used for circulation, cardiovascular disorders, increasing the use of glucose and oxygen by the brain, memory impairment, motor disorders, inner ear imbalance and hearing loss. Improves vision in 70% of subjects tested. Flowers are edible. Periwinkle made into a tea or salve for external use treats skin problems such as dermatitis, eczema, and acne. Couples use it to treat infections (vaginal douche, penis soak). Used as astringent both internally and externally to stop bleeding, nosebleeds, menstrual, hemorrhaging. Used as mouthwash to treat gingivitis, mouth ulcers. Root is antispasmodic. Note- rare occurrences of dry mouth and heart palpitations. Don't take by itself because it is very constipating, dries up the tissues, so it's good to be blended in with other herbs
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Determination of vincamine in tissue culture from Vinca minor L by TLC scanning method.
The pond is fringed with sweet alyssum, Vinca minor, and woolly thyme.
High on my list of these horticultural heroes comes an extremely flexible friend, the lesser periwinkle, Vinca minor , an effective ground-cover plant and an attractive trailer for pots and hanging baskets.
CHOOSE ground-cover plants from geraniums ( the hardy perennial form, not tender bedding pelargoniums ( with red, pink, blue or white flowers throughout summer; lesser periwinkle, Vinca minor Variegata, with gold-and-green foliage plus brilliant blue flowers; bugle, Ajuga reptans, with purple leaves and blue flowers; and bergenia with "elephant ears" foliage and mauve winter flowers.
For bright, white borders start with green foliage plants and punctuate with white flowers such as Cosmos bipinnatus and silver and white variegated shrubs such as Vinca minor Illumination, Cornus alba Elegantissima and Euonymus fortunei Silver Pillar.
Vinca minor 'Atropurpurea' is the little-leaf variety while vinca major 'Variegata' is the large one.
Also flowering happily in the shade were Vinca minor, the greater periwinkle, and Omphalodes 'Starry Eyes'.
Given these conditions, our native wild Primrose will associate itself with many other woodland favourites, including Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis), Winter Aconites (Eranthus hyemalis), Periwinkle (Vinca minor), Cyclamen hederifolium, Narcissi and Violas.
Vinca minor is not so vigorous, with smaller leaves and mauve flowers up to 1in across, which appear mostly in May.
Good ground-cover plants include ivies with variegated or shapely leaves; lesser periwinkles, Vinca minor, Variegata, with gold-and-green foliage plus brilliant blue flowers; geraniums - the true form, cranesbill, not bedding pelargoniums - with red, pink or white flowers throughout summer; bugle, Ajuga reptans, with purple leaves and blue flowers; and bergenia with "elephant ears" foliage and mauve winter flowers.
Rising through the blue Grown pansies and Vinca minor are tulips in shades of orange ('Lightning Sun' and 'Temple of Beauty') and purple ('Gum Laude').