All About Passion Flower
Passion flower has anxiolytic benefits that can also help reduce insomnia, ADHD, menopausal symptoms, and drug addiction withdrawal anxiety. It may also have aphrodisiac qualities, help with digestion, reduce coughs, reduce seizures, and help reduce diabetes. More human studies are warranted on all these topics.
Passion Flower Research
Multiple human studies were found showing passion flower can help reduce anxiety. Human studies were also found on passionflower as an aid in reducing insomnia, ADHD, menopausal symptoms, and drug addiction stress. More human studies are needed. A few other scientific studies suggest passion flower may have aphrodisiac qualities, help reduce diabetes, coughing, digestive infections, and seizures; human studies are needed.
Passion Flower Herb
Latin Name: Passiflora incarnata
Other Common Names
- Apricot vine, grandilla, maracuya, maypop, passion vine, water lemon
Passionflower is a vine like plant with large ornamental purple flowers that attract insects. Leaves have three lobes.
The above ground parts are primarily used to make a tea, dried herb, tincture, or extract. Adult max dose up to three times a day is up to one gram of the dried herb. As a tea, 2 grams of dried herb steeped in 250 mL of boiling water for 10 minutes has been used for up to seven days (Natural Medicines, 2017).
- Flavonoids (apigenin)
- Alkaloids (harman, harmaline)
- A carotenoid called lycopene