passionflower flower

Passion Flower

Passiflora incarnata – aerial parts

The traditional herb for stress, anxiety and insomnia.

Passion Flower is the herb of choice when treating intransigent insomnia. It aids the transition into restful sleep with a ‘narcotic’ hangover. It may be used wherever an anti-spasmodic is required e.g. in Parkinson’s Disease, seizures, hysteria.

It can be effective in nerve pain (neuralgia) and shingles. It may be used in asthma where there is spasmodic activity.


Primary: anxiolytic, spasmolytic, sedative (mild).

Secondary: hypnotic.


  • Relief of sleeplessness.
  • Relief of restlessness, mild anxiety, headache, dysmenorrhoea, neuralgia.

None known.

The analysis of contents below is a guide only, product specific data including expiry date is with the item in the shop.

Passiflora incarnata 1:2. Each 1 ml contains 500mg of dry herb.

Liquid extract in 45% ethanol. Use 15 to 40 ml weekly.

Our clinic uses fluid extracts from Optimal Rx, Herbal Extract Company, Nutrition Care, Mediherb or Sunray Botanicals, in this order.

The word Passiflora is derived from passio, the Latin for suffering. Flora comes from the Latin name of Flora, the goddess of plants, flowers and fertility in Roman mythology. Incarnata means “in the flesh”. Passion flower was brought to Europe where it became widely cultivated and was introduced to European folk medicine, becoming a popular traditional phytotherapeutic remedy as well as a homoeopathic remedy. Throughout the world it has been traditionally use for anxiety, nervousness, constipation, dyspepsia, mild infections, insomnia; for dysmenorrhoea, epilepsy, insomnia, neurosis and neuralgia and currently consumed for its sedative effects, as an analgesic, anti-spasmodic, anti-asthmatic, wormicidal and sedative.