What is Periwinkle tea?
Periwinkle tea is made from vinca plant, which can be found in northwest Africa, Europe South America, and Southwest Asia. Periwinkle alkaloids have been used in the treatment of leukemia, Hodgkin's disease, malignant lymphomas, neuroblastoma, Wilms tumor, Kaposi's sarcoma, mycosis fungoides, to improve cerebral blood flow, and treat high blood pressure.
This herb blooms in May-June period with beautiful flowers that has different colours varying from simply white, blue and violet. The plant is often cultivated as ornamental plants although, in some parts of the United States, New Zealand, and Australia, it has spread a lot becoming an invasive plant.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF PERIWINKLE TEA?
Periwinkle tea has many uses. You can use the herbs leaves to prepare tea that will help your body in a number of ways. Below are some of the amazing health benefits of this herbal tea.
LOWERS BLOOD SUGAR AND BLOOD PRESSURE LEVELS
Due to the many constituents got from the vinca plant, the tea helps to lower the blood sugar and blood pressure. The tea will also help in improving the blood circulation. Besides the tea will help you in controlling blood flow during your during your menstruation period.
The tea plays a very important role in fighting against cancer. The tea is often recommended in the treatment of leukemia, neuroblastoma, malignant lymphomas, Hodgkin’s disease, Wilm’s tumor and Kaposi’s sarcoma
ACTS AS AN ANTIOXIDANT
One of the main benefits of the Periwinkle tea is that it acts as an anti oxidant to clean out your body’s bloodstream and other systems. This alone will not only make you feel healthier over time but also helps your internal organs to function better. Also, the tea helps to get the vital nutrients to the brain improving your brain functionality.
Proper blood circulation in the brain means that it will receive sufficient oxygen and glucose. The periwinkle tea also improves the health of the brain blood vessels encouraging the flow of these important elements to the brain which in turn helps with your memory as well as other important brain functions.
IMPROVES YOUR MEMORY
Drinking Periwinkle tea on a regular basis will improve your memory and enhance your productivity at work. Individuals who take this tea regularly can fend off certain conditions such as Alzheimer and Dementia.
Many individuals who have been diagnosed with the initial onset of Alzheimer’s have been advised to start taking the tea to help slow the process. Taking 3-4 cups of periwinkle tea will help you to start reaping all the benefits. Remember the tea is caffeine free. This means that you can drink to your satisfaction.
TREATS BLEEDING GUMS AND MOUTH SORES
The periwinkle tea acts as a good mouth rinse, helping to treat mouth sores and bleeding gums. Also, use the tea can topically to stop wounds from bleeding. Just soak a cloth in the tea and use it to tie a wound. In addition, you can put the cloth on your skin to treat wasp sting or on the eye if you have an eye infection.
PERIWINKLE TEA HELPS IN FENDING OFF MEMORY LOSS AND SENILITY
Old people can take advantage of the periwinkle tea and benefit from its abilities to fend off senility and retain their memory for many years. The tea comes in a variety of flavors and the taste is something that many people say you begin to enjoy over time. Start taking this natural brain food and see how much your memory gets better.
TREATS LUNG CONGESTION AND SORE THROATS
A herbal concoction made with periwinkle leaves is effective in the treatment of lung congestion as well as in treating sore throats. Also, this concoction is believed to bring lasting healing effects to depression and fatigue.
REDUCES CHANCES OF HEARING LOSS
According to research, vinpocetine have a favorable influence to reduce chances of hearing loss that is caused by aging. The research also suggests that giving patients with supplement of ethyl-apovincamine which is a vinca alkaloid has ability to lessens symptoms of tinnitus a common sensation of ringing in the eyes which develops as a result of damaged flow of blood to the internal ear.
VINPOCETINE FOUND IN THE TEA WORKS AS A CALCIUM-CHELATING MEDIATOR
As previously stated, the periwinkle tea has more than 80 alkaloids, vinpocetine being one of them. Research indicates that this alkaloid has an inclination to work as a calcium-chelating mediator(1). The research showed that Vinpocetine was effective in reducing the accumulation of calcium in patients undergoing dialysis.
However, more research must be conducted for the medical professionals to decide if this may be of help in other conditions related to surplus calcium or if vinpocetine may perhaps obstruct the favorable actions of calcium.
- The periwinkle tea helps in treating colitis and diabetes
- The tea also has calming effects helping you with nervousness and anxiety.
- It can also help to reduce the swelling and have a drying (astringent effect) on the tissues.
- Periwinkle tea may be helpful in the treatment of headaches.
- Periwinkle tea may be helpful as part of the treatment of diarrhea.
WHAT ARE THE CONSTITUENTS OF PERIWINKLE TEA?
The tea is rich in alkaloids. The vinca has at least 86 different alkaloids including vincamine vinblastine, vincristine, vinpocetine alstonine, , leurocristine, ajmalicine and reserpine.
PERIWINKLE TEA PREPARATION
To make a cup of Periwinkle tea, you will need a teaspoon of dried periwinkle leaves. Pour the leaves into a cup full of boiling water and let it steep for 5-10 minutes. Once steeping is done, strain to remove the herbs. After staining your cup of the healthy periwinkle, tea is done. Most people find the tea too bitter. You can sweeten it by adding honey or fruit juice or even Stevia.
Before making use of this herb especially if you are considering to make a homemade concoction for internal use, it is advisable to consult a doctor as an overdose could prove to be poisonous in turn.
Vinpocetine and ingredient found in this herbal tea may cause occasional flushing on the skin and skin rash. The tea may also cause minor stomach upsets. This can be avoided by taking it with food.
Vinpocetine and periwinkle should be avoided during pregnancy or breastfeeding. People suffering from kidney, liver or lung complications are also advised not try this herb without consulting a doctor as its use might prove to be more dangerous than useful.