Passiflora incarnata Common Names: Passionflower, passion vine & maypop
This ornate evergreen vine has been used for centuries in folk medicine to treat anxiety, insomnia and seizures. Among the Cherokee people it was called "ocoee" and they used all parts of the plant for various purposes. In 2002 the Journal of Ethnopharmacology published a study that found Passiflora incarnata to be incredibly effective in treating alcohol cessation and subsequent anxiety related to withdrawal.
Passiflora incarnata has mild MAOi effects due to its harmala alkaloid content, meaning teas and extracts of passionflower will potentiate other substances like tobacco, caffeine, prescription medications and alcohol. It is sometimes used in the making of 'Prariehuasca', an analog of the South American entheogenic brew 'Ayahuasca'.
Contraindications: Passionflower is classified by the FDA as "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS), however because of its MAOi effect it is not recommended for use if you are pregnant or nursing. Consult a healthcare practitioner before use if you are on prescription medications, particularly SSRIs and other antidepressants.
My favorite use of this beautiful plant is as a tea to calm mental chatter. Our Sanguine blend is predominately Passionflower, however the addition of nervine herb Oatstraw, hormone regulating Raspberry leaf and vasodialator Olive leaf enhances this calming effect. For the best brew, steep Sanguine for 2-4 hours.
*For educational purposes only. Not intended to diagnose, treat, cure,or prevent any disease.