Passion flower


Passiflora, passion flower or passion fruit is a medicinal plant that has a calming and sedative effect against nervousness and sleep disorders. It can be found in capsules, chewable tablets or infusion.


Portuguese name: passiflora, passion flower, passion fruit
Binomial name: Passiflora incarnata L.
French name: passiflore , fleur de la Passion
English name: Passion Flower
German name: Passionsblume
Italian name: passiflora




Flavonoids (vitexin), coumarin, alkaloids

parts used

Aerial parts (flowers, leaves, stems).

Passiflora effects

Soothing, sedative, anxiolytic, spasmolytic.

Passiflora indications

Nervousness (nervous agitation), irritability, stress , sleep disturbances (insomnia), anxiety (with heart palpitations), gastrointestinal disturbances linked to nervousness. Hyperactivity in children

Secundary effects

Headache, visual disturbances, increased drowsiness (caution when driving a vehicle).


Passiflora is generally contraindicated in pregnancy.


May interact with blood thinners such as warfarin.

Passiflora-based preparations

– Passiflora infusion

– Tincture (consume 1 to 2 mL, 1 to 3 times a day, often in combination with a tincture of lemon balm or hops)

– Pills

– Capsules (in general, consume 1 to 2 capsules per day)

Where does passionflower grow?

Passiflora grows in Europe and the Americas. The origin of passionflower is in the south of the United States or perhaps in Mexico (we know that passionflower was cultivated by the Aztecs). Passiflora can reach a height of between 8 and 10 m, it is a climbing plant. Flowering occurs in the northern hemisphere from May to July. It is a perennial plant, meaning it can live for several years.

When to harvest passionflower?

Aerial passion flower parts such as flowers, leaves, or stems can be harvested in summer.


– Passiflora is a plant that is widely used and appreciated for problems related to nervousness and stress, especially if the symptoms are of the gastrointestinal type (thanks to the spasmolytic effect of passionflower) associated with sleep disorders. Passiflora is used in association with two other plants with a calming and sedative effect: valerian and hops. You will find phytomedicines based on these plants in pharmacies, ask your pharmacist for advice.

– It is also possible to combine passionflower, lemon balm and chamomile to fight stress and anxiety.

– The genus name Passiflora from the scientific name Passiflora incarnata is a reference to the Passion of Christ, the moment surrounding the death of Christ according to the Scriptures. When the plant was discovered on the American continent, European missionaries used Christian symbolism to name this plant. In fact, the passionflower flower resembled the fingernails, crown of thorns and scourge of Christ during the crucifixion period on Good Friday.

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