Using passion flower results in a restful and relaxing sleep.
In addition to having a profound effect on the central nervous system,
passion flower also acts as an anti-spasmodic on the smooth muscles of the body,
including the entirety of the digestion system,
which accounts for its ability to ease and promote digestion.
It is considered by some to be the herb of choice for treating intransigent insomnia.
Passion flower does not have any ill side effects and when used for insomnia results in a restful,
relaxing sleep with no grogginess the next morning.
It is non-addictive and can be used in both children and the elderly without complication.
When used for its medicinal purposes, the entire plant can be used.
It is typically collected after some of the berries have matured, then dried whole.
To brew an effective passion flower tea:
- pour a cup of boiling water onto a teaspoonful of the dried herb.
- Let infuse for l5 minutes.
- Drink a cup half an hour before going to bed.
Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) is a flowering plant that is indigenous to an area
from the southeast U.S. to Argentina and Brazil.
It gets its name from the fact that it reminded the early pilgrims of the suffering (or passion) of Christ.
Passion flower is sometimes referred to as Apricot Vine, Passion Vine, Granadilla, Maracoc and Maypops.
It has been used historically as a tranquilizer and tobacco substitute (among other things).
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