Information on Passion Flower

Latin NamePassiflora incarnata
Other NamesMaypop
Part UsedLeaf
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, homeopathic tablet, bulk herb.
AffectsNervous system
CautionsUse only P. incarnata and P. edulis; other species can contain toxic amounts of cyanide-like compounds.
Botanical InfoA perennial rapidly-growing vine from the Passion flower family with beautiful fringed purple flowers, palmately five-lobed leaves, and fleshy fruits.
DescriptionPassion flower is a widely-used, safe sedative herb that can be taken over a long period of time. As a nervine, it is indicated for anxiety, insomnia caused by mental worry, nightmares, and hysteria. It is especially useful for people with overactive imaginations and paranoia. Passion flower is taken for PMS, dysmenorrhea, and menopause symptoms, including nervous restlessness. It also has a beneficial effect when taken for heart palpitations and hypertension because of its mild vessel-dilating effect.
A tincture of the fresh or freshly-dried plant is probably the strongest form--it seems to lose its activity after it has been dried and stored for several months.

Passion Flower has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COOL..

Dosages

TypeDosage
Infusion1 cup 3-4 x daily
Tincture30 drops 3-4 x daily

Ailments Treated by Passion Flower

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Alcoholismnervinetincture, capsules
Deliriumnervinetincture, capsule, tea
Headache, acutenervine, vessel dilatortincture, capsule
Hyperaciditynervinetincture, tea, capsule
Neuralgianervinetincture
Nightmaresnervinetincture, capsule
Nervousnesscalmativetincture, extract in capsules, tablets, tea

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