Passion flower, also known as maypop, is a tropical climbing vine that is naturally distributed throughout Asia, Europe and the southeastern U.S. between Florida and Texas. Passion flower gets the “passion” part of its common name from a perceived resemblance of the corona at the center of the vine’s flower to the Crown of Thorns worn by Jesus. The large colorful blooms of the plant are also valued for their ornamental effect in landscaping. Passion flowers, as well as the plant’s leaves and stems, are also cultivated for use in tea blends.
In addition to its value as a garden ornamental, passion flower is cultivated and harvested for its leaves, stems and flowers, which produce a lovely tea. Passion flower is often combined with other calming herbs in tea blends, including valerian, lemon balm and hops.
|cosmetic||Use water infusions to produce skin and hair washes and other personal care products. The dried herb can also be used in bath bags and in herbal sachets.|
|industrial||The fruit and leaf of the plant are used in the food and beverage industries.|
|safety||Passion flower is considered safe in therapeutic dosages, but should not be used during pregnancy or lactation. Note, however, that this herb may increase the effects of blood-thinning medications, sedatives, tricyclic antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs.|
1oz dried Passion Flowers