PassionflowerPassiflora incarnata

Part used: Aerial Parts

Energetics: Cooling, bitter

Actions: Anxiolytic, mild sedative, anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic, antispasmodic, hypnotic, hypotensive, anodyne








  • Anxiety, especially before surgery, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Insomnia
  • Nervous conditions including tachycardia, headache and restlessness
  • Spasmodic conditions including dysmenorrhea, asthma, whooping cough
  • Neuralgic pain especially with anxiety
  • Epilepsy, especially generalised seizures
  • Adjuvant for opiate withdrawal and symptoms of opiate withdrawal
  • Cardiac rhythm abnormalities, hypertension
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Menopause

Grown by the Aztecs, Incas and South American Native Indians for thousands of years, passionflower was brought back to Europe in the 16th century by Spanish explorers and now is common placed across the globe. Passion flower shows antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic activity.

It is renowned for promoting serene calmness and relaxation, without affecting mental cognition and productivity. Furthermore, it reduces anxiety, minimises stress and improves sleep quality, all vital processes, which provide the foundation overall wellbeing and optimum health. Passionflower offers many more potential benefits helping to reduce the effects of menopause such as hot flushes and depression, lower blood pressure, address ADHD symptoms, relieve gastrointestinal spasms and improve insulin resistance in type 2 diabetic patients. [1,2,3]

Passionflower is used in our Restful Tea and Sex Dust.