Herb of the week-Periwinkle!
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PERIWINKLE (Great) VINGA MAJOR
It is a great binder, and stays bleeding at the mouth and nose, if it be chewed.
A perennial creeping plant with dark, green, shining leaves and pretty pale blue flowers.
Where to find it: Woods and orchards, by the sides of hedges. It is also grown in gardens.
Flowering time: Early spring.
Astrology: Venus owns this herb.
Medicinal virtues: It is a good female medicine and may be used with advantage in hysteric and other fits. An infusion is good to stay the menses. The young tops made into a conserve is good to prevent nightmares. The Small Periwinkle (Vinca minor) possesses similar virtues and may be used in its place.
Modern uses: Vinca major is an astringent used to check heavy menstrual periods and haemorrhage. The infusion of 1 oz (28 g) of the herb to 1 pt (568 mi) of boiling water is given for diarrhoea, and bleeding piles. The Madagascar Periwinkle is the source of vincristine and vinblastine, which are used as cancer drugs.