The Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata) has historically been considered one of the powerful herbs native to the Western hemisphere. The woody vine grows the most uniquely beautiful and startlingly detailed flowers that reminded early settlers of the passion of Jesus Christ, hence the herb's name. The plant is native to North, Central, and South America. The leaves of the Passion Flower, in both fresh and dry forms, produce a relaxing drink of tea.
Historical references are made to Passion Flower being used to soothe a staggering array of health situations. A number of active components of Passion Flower have been identified from the leaves including flavonoids, small amounts of maltol, coumarin derivatives, and many other components. It has been extensively researched and tested in many European countries.
Passion Flower is high or very high in the following nutrients:
• Vitamin A
Uses: It's mostly used for internal applications: teas, tinctures, capsules.
Storage: The nutrients in Passion Flower are very sensitive to air and light exposure. It should be kept in an airtight container and stored in a dark, dry, and cool place.
Note: Do not use during pregnancy, nursing or if you are on medications. Please see a healthcare practitioner to insure there would be no interactions if you are medications. Also, passionflower should not be used with alcohol or any OTC medication that could cause sedation as passionflower may increase those effects.