The stunning passion flower grows easily in the garden during warm months, and makes a lovely tea to help calm you down. In multiple human studies, passion flower has shown to help reduce anxiety. See the research listed below.
Plant this vine growing beauty in the sun, and keep the soil well drained. Add a trellis to help the plant climb. Passion flowers like warmer climates, and will die off in below freezing weather. But do not worry! Heavily mulch the plant’s base, and it will sprout new shoots in the Spring.
Go out to your garden and cut a few flowers and leaves. Place the flowers in a vase, and use the leaves to make your tea. Use 1 tsp of dried leaves or 2 tsp of fresh leaves per cup of tea. If you did not have luck growing your own passion flower, the dried herb can easily be purchased from apothecary shops. To make the tea, pour 1 cup of the hot water over the leaves and steep for 5 minutes. Strain and drink. Passion flower leaves pair well with other herbs that help with insomnia including lemon balm, valerian, hops, and lavender. Consider making an herbal blend with one of these plants to make a calming tea.
Natural Medicines (2016). Passion Flower Monograph. Retrieved in July, 2016. Retrieved from www.naturalmedicines.com
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Last Updated: 8/10/18