The herb passion flower is one of nature's best sleep aids.
Passion Flower is thought to relieve muscle tension and other manifestations of extreme
anxiety, and to be especially good for nervous insomnia - the kind that
keeps you lying in bed worrying until the late hours.
Since the tryptophan scare, in which a contaminated batch of this essential amino acid was
linked to several deaths, passion flower has become very popular as a safe, natural
alternative to help promote a good night's sleep. Herbalists often recommend passion
flower for times of extreme emotional upset.
Passion Flower is also known as Wild Passion Flower and Maypop. It is a woody vine with
flowers that reminded early pilgrims of the passion and suffering of Christ. Passion
Flower bears small berry-like fruit called granadilla or water lemon.
Passion Flower is used as a sedative in nervous disorders (including gastrointestinal
complaints of nervous origin), difficulties in sleeping, and anxiety or restlessness,
especially in children. Also used to treat female anxiety during menses, childbirth and
menopause. Research shows that Passion Flower reduces spasms and depresses the central
Passion Flower contains flavonoids such as isovitexin, vitexin, saponarin, orientin,
glycosides, gynocardin, and alkaloids.
Passion Flower is also known as: Passiflora incarnata,
Wild Passion Flower, Maypop