Passion Flower Passiflora incarnata

Passiflora incarnata
  • Common Names
  • Passion Flower
  • Botanical Name
  • Passiflora incarnata
  • Family
  • Passifloraceae

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Passion Flower

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How to Use: Passion Flower

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.1

Preparation Methods & Dosage :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. 1

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Passion Flower Side Effects: 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.

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Plant Description

Passionflower is a climbing vine native to South Texas, Mexico, and Central America. It can be found in the southwestern and southern United States.

Regional Traditions :North America *

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  1. American Botanical Council. Latin Name: Passiflora incarnata Pharmacopeial Name: Passiflorae herba
    Very few pharmacological studies have been undertaken, though its central nervous system sedative properties have been well documented, the Commission E approved the internal use of passionflower for nervous restlessness. The British Herbal Compendium indicates its use for sleep disorders, restlessness, nervous stress, and anxiety. Other uses include neuralgia and nervous tachycardia (Bradley, 1992)