Plant Uses: Passionflower is a relaxing nervine, traditionally used for the treatment of anxiety and insomnia, especially when repetitive or circular thinking is present. It has also been known to support the digestive system. In the circulatory system it may help reduce stress-related blood pressure. It also has positive effects on menstrual pain and uterine cramps and is considered a mild aphrodesiac.
Plant Preparations: Infusion – make a nourishing cup of tea. May also be smoked to enhance relaxation.
Plant Properties: Anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, hypotensive, antispasmodic, analgesic, soothing, calming.
Energetics and Taste: Slightly cooling, drying.
Scientific Name: Passiflora incarnata
Other Common Names: Maypop, purple passionflower, true passionflower, wild passion vine, wild apricot vine.
Part Used: Leaf
Cautions and contraindications: With all herbs, it is important that you do your own research before consuming them. Although many herbs are generally safe to use, some herbs may have interactions with medication or be unsuitable to take during pregnancy.