Passionflower (Passiflora Incarnata)
Isn’t nature wonderful? I never tire of looking at this beautiful plant. I love the colours and structure of the flower. I first recall being enchanted by it as a young girl. My Mum has always loved flora and fauna and had created a striking, framed picture from a dried and pressed Passionflower.
Passiflora is multidimensional with several elements to the plant – the deep green leaves, the tendrils which reach out for support as it climbs (up to 9 metres), the orange seed pods, the flower itself and the graduating colours of its filaments which extend from the bi-coloured stamen at the centre. It is interesting that its flower are the colours associated with passion and sleep (blue, deep purple and violet). It would seem that Passiflora is perfection – the Fibonacci Sequence embodied (mathematical principles that govern development, structure and aesthetics).1,2
Leonardo Fibonacci (aka Leonard Pisano) was a medieval Italian mathematician who wrote the first book to bring Hindu and Arabic numerals to Europe.3 He is infamous, though, for developing the Fibonacci Sequence – a series of numbers in which each number is the sum of the 2 previous numbers before it (e.g. 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13).4
Native to Latin America, this exotic climbing plant grows like a vine, its delicate tendrils seeking out support as it climbs. It is a fast growing plant so needs to be kept in check if space is limited.
Passiflora was named by Spanish priests who conquered Latin America in the 17th Century – who named Latin America the ‘New Spain’. They named it ‘La Flor de las Cinco Llagas’ (flower with five wounds) to represent the wounds of Christ in the Crucifixion (otherwise known as The Passion). The stamens are thought to represent the wounds of Christ, the filaments, the crown of thorns and the petals the apostles.5
The Therapeutic Uses of Passiflora
Passiflora was valued by Native Americans for its ability to heal bruises and wounds. Over time, the plant became valued for its calming, sedative and pain- relieving actions and, more recently, for anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, hysteria and hyperactivity in children.6
Passiflora reigns supreme as the No.1 homeopathic remedy for insomnia, specifically with a nervous origin, for example, anxiety, tension, stress, worry. It quietens the nervous system and enables deep, restorative sleep.7-10
I prescribe it frequently for insomnia clients of all ages – from babies right through to the elderly. It is most effective where the source of the insomnia is worry, anxiety, overwork and stress – I think that’s just about everyone at the moment! – this really will help you relax and sleep better.
Passiflora is also used for clients who have had morphine based medication – it works wonders to calm the nervous system.
Homeopathic remedies are made from minute amounts of the original substance and are generally safe to use alongside medication. For optimum results please contact me and benefit from over 20 years’ experience of working with clients with sleep and other health problems.
Tension headaches, insomnia, in particular, aiding people to fall into restful sleep without any groggy, sedative effects. It is an anti-spasmodic so is useful for those with hyperactivity and hysteria and spasms of grief, shock, stress and tension. It also eases spasmodic pains, for example, menstrual pain and even the spasms Parkinson’s.11
Caution: do not use as a herb if you are breast feeding or pregnant. Always seek the advice of a qualified Herbalist.
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7 Murphy, R MD, 2000: ‘Homeopathic Remedy Guide’, H.A.N.A. Press, ISBN: 0-9635764-0-2
8 Mijin, K et al, 2017: “Role Identification of Passiflora Incarnata Linnaeus: A Mini Review’ – paper
9 Naude et al, 2010: “Chronic primary insomnia: efficacy of homeopathic simillimum” – paper
10 Michael et al, 2019: “Efficacy of individualised homeopathic treatment of insomnia: double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial” – paper
11 Hoffman, D, 1990: ‘Holistic Herbal: a safe and practical guide to making and using herbal remedies’ – Thorsons: ISBN-978-0-