Springtime Potager discoveries

With the potager cleaned up, I set to work identifying current plants. There were a few things planted there that I loved, for no particular reason.

Some of them include primrose, day lilies, honey suckle, and today I found this beauty…

Periwinkle!

It’s an attractive (though somewhat aggressively spreading) ground-covering ever green. This is the first year I’ve noticed it bloom!

As I researched it, I learned it has medicinal properties as an astringent used topically to expedite wound healing, and other less researched qualities of lowering blood pressure, treating sore throats, gingivitis, and mouth ulcers. It can also be used to treat inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.

As always, I do extensive research on preparation and use before experimenting with any new-to-me herbs. Safety first, right? Right.

But what an exciting thing to know that in this little 5 acre plot of land, God has provided everything I need for holistic herbal medicinals.

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