Passion Flower 02/09/2021
Passionflower, Passiflora incarnata in Latin, is a perennial climbing plant that can be proud of its beautiful large flowers, which are colored in shades of blue, white, and purple.
Passionflower likes a humid climate, it thrives best around rivers with plenty of sunlight. It grows abundantly in the regions of North, Central and South America, where it also originally came from.
Passionflower was used by the original tribes in Central and South America for a variety of physical and mental ailments and was an important part of traditional medicine there. It then arrived in Europe in the 16th century and was used primarily as a mild antidepressant and relaxant.
Passionflower gained its popularity mainly due to its content of alkaloids affecting the nervous system. These include harmine, harmane, harmanol and pasiiflorine – these alkaloids are responsible for the MAOI’s action of the Passionflower.
The plant also contains a number of no less important substances, which in turn act primarily on the body system and support its harmonization – flavonoids, glycosides, essential oils, sterols, tyrosine and more.
Passionflower is known primarily for its effects on the nervous system – it relieves stress, anxiety, depression and induces a positive mental state. It can be used as a natural antidepressant. It also has mild sedative effects, so it is advisable to take it more in the evening. Recent studies confirm that it also has a beneficial effect on our sleep – it promotes faster sleep and improves the overall quality of sleep. It can therefore serve as an effective remedy for insomnia.
However, passionflower has a much wider spectrum of action. It can dampen a wide range of health. problems occurring at the physical level – relieves dry and irritating coughs, harmonizes the digestive system, and helps in the treatment of diarrhea. Soothing effects in menstrual pain, hemorrhoids and migraines are also described.
Pour 250 ml of boiling water over one teaspoon of the plant (3-5 g) and let it infuse for 10-15 minutes. Then drain the tea and season it as needed. We use it primarily in the evening. In case of stronger neuroses, we use it during the day, max. 3 times a day.
Passionflower acts as a gentle MAOI and when combined with SSRI-based substances (Kanna) could have a negative effect on the nervous system. We therefore recommend that you avoid this combination completely.