Periwinkle

Vinca spp.

Folk names: Creeping Myrtle, Myrtle, Sorcerer's Violet, Devil's Eye, Joy on the Ground

Cunningham's Harvest Procedure: A Wiccan Ritual Harvest

"...Periwinkle should be gathered according to strict procedures before it is of any efficacy in magic (or so said the Pseudo-Apuleius)."

  1.  "It is to be gathered when one is 'clean of every uncleanliness'."

  2. Gather only on nights when the Moon is 1, 9, 11, or 13 nights old.

  3. Incantation for plucking:

I pray thee, vinca pervinca, thee that art to be had for thy many useful qualities, that thou come to me glad blossoming with thy mainfulness, that thou outfit me so that I be shielded and prosperous and undamaged by poisons and water.​

Cunningham's Encylopedia of Magical Herbs, 202

Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Gender: Feminine

Parts Used: Flowers, Leaves

Uses:

  • Infusion

  • Spellwork (do not ingest/Inhale)

  • Tincture

Warning: Pregnant/Nursing + Low Blood Pressure + Medication

Consult a medical professional before use if you are pregnant, nursing, on medications, or suffer from low blood pressure.

Periwinkle is considered POISONOUS in LARGE quantities. Your medical professional can advise you as to the quantity that is safe for you.

Periwinkle: Funerary Aid

Periwinkle is known to aid in the calming of restless spirits and the transition from one realm to the next. Leave periwinkle at the grave or memorial of loved ones to aid in their easy rest.

Periwinkle in Action

The Bat & Raven offers these products that utilize the properties of Periwinkle.

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​Magical Uses

  • Calm

  • Harmony

  • Love

  • Lust

  • Memory

  • Mental Acuity and Power

  • Money

  • Peace

  • Protection

Medicinal Uses

(This information has been collected from Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine as well as The Herbal Academy of New England, it has NOT been confirmed by Licensed Herbalist)

  • Alterative

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Astringent

  • Vasodilator

  • Vulnerary

WARNING: Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding

any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc. ​

Part of the reason that we list Medical Jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantagous. Too much of a good thing, eh?