Ah, Passionflower! Isn’t that one of the most beautiful things you’ve ever seen! Just looking at the flower invokes a kind of magic. And indeed, this lovely herb is magical in its medicinal properties!
(Thanks to my dear friend Brian for the above photo, a gorgeous specimen in his garden!)
Passiflora, aka passion flowers or passion vines, comes from the family Passifloraceae. This beautiful flower has a rich history in both religious and cultural mythologies. It has been related to the holy grail, a crown, a star, a clock, and the color of a holy man’s aura. It has inspired films, novels and songs.
(photo source: Wikipedia)
The genus I use in my tea is Passiflora Incarnata, also called maypop. Maypop is one of the hardiest species of passionflower and is a common wildflower in the United States. It has long been used as a tea to treat conditions from epilepsy to sleep disorders. The primary benefit of passionflower is in its sedative effect: soothing and quieting the nervous system, assisting in peaceful deep sleep, and calming anxiety and stress. Passionflower is also reported to help lower blood pressure and can be a strong analgesic, providing relief from pain, spasms and cramps. Another little known use for passionflower is to kill mold, fungus and bacteria.
I love using passionflower in my tea blends and find it extremely effective! If you would like to experience the profound relief that can be found in passionflower, give these blends a try: Chiron and Sigh of Relief .
With much Love,
Owner and Tea Alchemist