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Vinca minor, commonly known as periwinkle, is not typically used to make tea. Instead, its extracts have been studied for potential health benefits. Some of the potential benefits include:
1. **Cognitive Function:** Compounds in periwinkle, such as vincamine, have been investigated for their potential role in supporting cognitive function and improving blood flow to the brain.
2. **Antioxidant Properties:** Periwinkle contains antioxidants that may help combat oxidative stress in the body.
3. **Blood Sugar Regulation:** Some studies suggest that periwinkle extracts may have a role in regulating blood sugar levels, but more research is needed to confirm these effects.
4. **Cancer Research:** Certain compounds in periwinkle, like vinblastine and vincristine, have been used in cancer treatment. However, the concentrations used in chemotherapy are significantly higher than what would be consumed through tea, and the efficacy and safety of periwinkle tea for cancer prevention or treatment are not established.
- 1-2 teaspoons of dried periwinkle leaves (or a handful of fresh leaves)
- 1 cup of hot water
- Optional: honey or lemon for flavor
- Boil one cup of water and let it cool for a minute or two.
- Place 1-2 teaspoons of dried periwinkle leaves (or a handful of fresh leaves) in a teapot or heatproof container.
- Pour the hot water over the periwinkle leaves.
- Allow the leaves to steep for about 5-7 minutes, adjusting the steeping time based on your desired strength.
- Strain the leaves from the liquid.
- Optional: Add honey or lemon for flavor.