Passionflower, Latin Passiflora incarnata, is a perennial climbing plant that likes to boast of its magnificent large flowers, which are colored in shades of blue, white and purple.
The plant is known primarily for its effect on the nervous system – it relieves stress, anxiety, depression and induces a positive state of mind. It can be used as a natural antidepressant. It also has mild sedative effects, so it is advisable to take it rather in the evening. The latest studies confirm that it also has a beneficial effect on our sleep – it promotes faster falling asleep and improves the overall quality of sleep. It can therefore serve as an effective remedy against insomnia.
Passionflower, however, has a much wider spectrum of action. It can dampen a number of health problems occurring on the body level – relieves dry and irritating cough, harmonizes the digestive system and helps in the treatment of diarrhea. The soothing effect on menstrual pains, hemorrhoids and migraines is also described.
Pour one teaspoon of the plant (3-5g) with 250 ml of boiling water and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. Then strain the tea and season as needed. We use primarily in the evening. In the case of stronger neuroses, we also use it during the day, max. 3 times a day.
For more information about the herb, its history of use and other findings, visit our Herbarium.