Commonly known as Passion Flower, Passion Vine, Maypop and Granadilla, Passiflora is a genus of some 500 species, most of which are vines, though some are shrubs and a few are herbaceous.
The Passiflora incarnate species – or Purple Passion Flower – is a herbaceous vine.
Traditionally Passiflora has been used to treat a broad range of conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, hysteria and epilepsy, as well as many others.
Indeed, Passiflora’s sedative properties make it a useful analgesic and nervine, helping to reduce stress, nervousness, restlessness and anxiety and thereby helping with sleep and relaxation.
Also nervous headaches, some migraines and general neuralgia are said to respond favourably to Passiflora.
Additionally, Passiflora has been used to help lower blood pressure, especially in instances where the condition is due to stress and anxiety. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that this magical herb has also been used in the treatment of cardiovascular neurosis.
Hormonal transition is another area where Passiflora has been seen to offer benefit, and some herbalists recommend it to help balance female hormones during puberty and menopause.
Other conditions which have been treated by Passiflora include irritable bowel syndrome and asthma, as well as inflammatory conditions and general aches and pains.
To make a tea: Use 1-2 teaspoons of Earthfare Organic Passiflora to a cup of boiling water and allow to brew for 10-15 minutes before drinking.
For further information on the properties and use of Passiflora we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.