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Periwinkle Herb

  • Vinca minor
  • Origin: Croatia
Periwinkle Herb


Common Name

Standardized: lesser periwinkle

Botanical Name

Vinca minor L.
Plant Family: Apocynaceae



The garden periwinkle is the source of a chemical that can be turned into vinpocetine, a natural treatment for aging minds. Originating in Madagascar but now growing wild in warm climates around the world, periwinkle has enjoyed a variety of medicinal applications.


The periwinkle contains vincamine, precursor chemical vinpocetine, in its leaves and seeds.

Parts Used

Leaves, seeds.

Typical Preparations

More often used as tincture, can be encapsulated or served as tea.


Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.