Favorite flower Rousseau
 In his youth, Jean-Jacques Rousseau was in love with a girl named Louise ... And much later, recalling those beautiful days, he wrote in his "Confessions" about traveling with Louise de lizards from Chambery to Le Sharmet. She saw a full-blown periwinkle and exclaimed: "This is more periwinkle in bloom! ".

Rousseau, who suffered from myopia, never before seen vinca and bent lower to better look at the flower.

It took thirty years ... But when Jean-Jacques saw again periwinkle, he could not help but cheer: "Ah! Here periwinkle! ". Small blue flower has stirred up in the heart of middle-aged men in love bashful charm bygone years. Now blue periwinkles growing near the monument to Rousseau near Geneva.

But periwinkle not only touches our heart touching her beauty, he still treats and helps preserve the beauty.

Periwinkle - Vinca   - Evergreen perennial plant of the family kutrovyh. In vinca threadlike horizontal rhizome. The stems with long internodes, so periwinkle root easily in nodes, literally spread along the ground and, growing, forms a beautiful shiny sun carpet, embroidered with blue flowers in the spring. Leaves his leathery, shiny on top, bottom greyish.

Flowers solitary, often blue and blue, but there are violet and purple, and very rarely white and pink color.

 Favorite flower Rousseau
   Periwinkle appears from under the snow in late April to bloom. Blossoms it long enough, about a month and a half, that is, in May periwinkle still continues to delight us with his touching flowers.

In the world there are more than 10 species of periwinkle, but in Russia they grow only 5. In Europe, periwinkles began to cultivate in the XIV century. We much later, but in central Russia and now can be found in the wild periwinkles. Botanists say that this wild periwinkles ...

For good health
Interestingly, as a medicinal plant periwinkle was known in ancient times.

- Grass and periwinkle leaves contain: carotene, vitamin C, flavonoids, bitter substances, alkaloids.
- Decoctions and infusions of periwinkle have astringent, hemostatic, wound-healing properties, they improve cerebral blood flow, increasing cerebral blood flow, which helps to improve brain function in general.
- Modern folk medicine uses drugs from periwinkle to treat atherosclerosis, hypertension, to stop the internal bleeding, as well as diarrhea, fever, malaria.
- From broth vinca make compresses for itching, rashes, wounds and eczema.

Ingest vinca drugs because their content of alkaloids alone is not recommended.

But grass vinca possible to use externally to preserve and increase their own beauty .

- Infusion for preserving the purity and smoothness of the skin
1 teaspoon herb vinca pour 1 cup boiling water, leave for 15 minutes, cool, strain. Moisten cheesecloth, folded in several layers and apply on face for 15 minutes. Wash with water at room temperature.

- Rejuvenating mask
1 teaspoon vinca pour ½ cup of hot water, bring to a boil, remove, insist 10 minutes, drain. Take 1 tbsp. a spoonful of the infusion, add 1 teaspoon honey and 1 tbsp. spoonful of soft cheese, mix well, apply on face for 10 minutes, wash off first with warm water, then cool.

- To strengthen the hair and their better growth
Broth vinca gently rub into the scalp, wet the roots of the hair and leave for half an hour. Wash your hair as usual with shampoo and rinse with warm water.

Many countries considered periwinkle flower of love, in Germany it is woven into the bridal wreath. A girl who wants to get married, is periwinkle flower in her hair.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva