Passiflora incarnata, Passifloracae. The dried leaves are the part of the plant used.

If you are going to collect the foliage alone this should be done just before the flowers bloom. You can also collect the foliage with the fruit. The leaves should be dried in the shade.

Functions of passionflower

Passionflower is a relaxing remedy and is the herb of choice for treating chronic insomnia. It has no addictive effects and allows you to wake refreshed and alert in the morning.


  • has a sedative effect without the narcotic 'hangover'.
  • is an antispasmodic and can be helpful in:
    • Parkinson's disease,
    • seizures,
    • muscle pain,
    • twitching and spasm
    • and hysteria.
  • can assist in any stress related condition , such as colic and asthma, as well as high blood pressure or wherever the symptoms are worsened by stress, including:
    • hot flushes,
    • migraine and headaches,
    • abdominal pain or
    • coughs.


Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 1 teaspoonful of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 15 minutes. Drink a cup in the evening for sleeplessness and a cup twice a day for other conditions.

Tincture: take 1-4 ml of the tincture and use in the same way as the infusion.


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Hoffmann, D. 2000, The New Holistic Herbal. Element Pub.

McIntyre, A. 1995, The Complete Women's Herbal. Henry Holt Reference Books.

Mills, S. Y. 1989, The A-Z of Modern Herbalism: A Comprehensive Guide to Practical Herbal Therapy. Thorson.




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