LATIN NAME: Passion Incarnata
COMMON NAMES: apricot vine, maypop, wild passionflower
PARTS USED: Aerial parts
Passionflower is cooling to the body, calming to the mind, and soothing to the spirit. It quells disquietude and calms the ruminating mind. This plant is gentle yet profound. It can be administered as a soothing tea for children or the elderly and can help to calm a restless mind.
Herbalists have a high regard for the soothing properties of passionflower and recommend it as a general nerve tonic to treat nervous stress. The Commission E approved its use for anxiety. Passionflower is used to gently relax the mind/body to prepare for a more restful nights sleep. Other uses include neuralgia including post herpes nerve pain and shingles. Together in an extract, the alkaloids and flavonoids of passionflower are stronger sedatives and relaxants that one isolated chemical, reminding us of the wisdom of using the whole herb, instead of isolated extracts. Passionflower is often used in conjunction with other mildly sedative herbs like lemon balm and valerian.
Passionflower can be brewed into teas, made into tinctures, or encapsulated. Makes a great addition to bath blends. Passionflower is combined with hawthorn as a cardiotonic, and with lemon balm, Valerian, and St. Johns wort for sedative teas.
Specific: Passionflower may aggravate conditions caused by excessive testosterone (baldness and prostate problems in men, unusual aggression, hair growth, and skin problems in men and women) so this should be evaluated before consuming too much Passionflower. Not for use in pregnancy, can cause uterine contractions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.