Article - Passion Flower (Passiflora Incarnata)Common Name: PASSION FLOWER, GRANADILLA
Scientific Name: Passiflora Incarnata
Passion flower is a woody perennial creeper (vine) that climbs with the aid of coiled tendrils. It has hairless, lobed leaves and solitary open white-and-violet flowers. The Passion flower's fruit is a characteristic many-seeded berry with delicious juicy fruit pulp. Propagate Passion flower from seed in spring. It needs full sun, a watering twice weekly and a fence or support to grow on. Protect Passion flower from winter frost and replace the vines every 4-5 years.
The name Passion flower derives from the Christian symbolism of Christ's Crucifixion:
Passion flower was known as maypop and it originates in North America where the Houma tribe of Louisiana traditionally added it to their drinking water as a tonic. The Maya Indians used the crushed plant for swelling and ringworm. Passion flower was first sent to Europe as a gift for Pope Paul V in 1605. By the 19th century it was given for epilepsy and later for insomnia.
Passion flower is gentle enough for children and can be used for hyperactivity and restlessness - it helps to reduce the over activity responsible for this disorder.
Here is a method on preparing a herbal tea as written by Margie Frayne in her
You will need: 1 teaspoon dried aerial parts ( flowers,
leaves and stem ) or 3 teaspoons fresh herb to 1 cup boiling water
Dilute Passion flower tea with an equal amount of water and give half a cup for hyperactivity in children. Combine the infusion/tea with an equal amount or raspberry leaf to treat period pain.
Caution: Use Passion flower in lower doses when pregnant.