PASSIONFLOWER

Of Pharmacological Interest for Centuries

The first existing records about passionflower stem from 1552. Its calming effects were originally documented in a 1649 book describing the uses of the New World’s medicinal drugs. Indigenous peoples used the blossoms and fruits, the latter growing from the herb’s tops, to treat epilepsy. 

 

The blossoms of Passiflora incarnata have a diameter of four to six centimeters. The plant itself can grow up to eight meters long, and its leaves have three to five lobes. 

 

Of pharmacological interest today are the stems and leaves – in other words, the passionflower herb. 

 

Although not nearly all the constituents of the passionflower have been identified, many studies have demonstrated the relaxing effects that Passiflora incarnata has on the nervous system.

 

The Working Group/Expert Group on the Developmental History of Medicinal Plants at the University of Würzburg voted this exotic plant as the 2011 Medicinal Plant of the Year. The reasons for this decision are passionflower’s unique calming and anxiolytic action profile and long history as a medicinal plant.