Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata), a discreet little vine that weaves in and around low bushes, trees, ditches or in the middle of a big field. Nobody pays it much attention, it gets mowed over most of the time but if you knew the herbal benefits of passionflower, you would nurture that little vine so it can grow into more and more vines!!! 🙂
The bumble bees love this plant! I used to have a vine but somehow it has disappeared this year.
Our herbal class has been studying passionflower this past month and last week our instructor, Patricia found the mother load of passionflower!! She brought a BIG trash bag full of it for us to make tea and each take home a jar of freshly made tincture. Making medicine is fun. But it is even more fun when you have 14 people working together, garbling through this bag of leaves and flowers, cleaning, measuring, chatting, laughing, filling jars and just looking in awe at these beautiful flowers.
What is is good for? Thought you’d never ask. 😀
Passiflora incarnata is a fantastic nervine relaxant that helps you fall asleep for a good night, sound sleep. It also helps with nervousness, anxiety and muscle spasms. We all drank some for a taste and an experiment. The majority slept better than the night before and stayed asleep throughout the night. One person has really bad muscle tension in her shoulder, the tea helped it relax. It smells a little like boiled peanuts -weird but the taste was light and floraly.
Recipe for tea before bed- 2 teaspoons fresh leaf and flower to 8 ounces boiling water, steep covered 20 minutes.
If you don’t have any growing you can order some dried from Mountain Rose Herbs here,for your teas.
***Don’t forget those little green fruits on the passionflower vine – wait until they are turning pale green, pick them and let them turn yellow. Enjoy the fruity pulp inside. 🙂
****Disclaimer – remember I am not a practioner, any advice or information that I present to you I do so to help teach others about the benefits of medicinal plants. It is up to you to further study each herb to see if it may be right for you.****
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