Passion Flower Seed Oil
What is it?
Passiflora is a plant genus with more than 400 species of creeper vines known as passion flowers or passion vines. The plants have large purple and white flowers, and vines that produce a pulpy fruit used to make beverages and ice creams.
- Passiflora is well known for treating insomnia. In his 2003 book, "Medical Herbalism: the Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine," herbalist David Hoffmann states that Passiflora is the herb specifically indicated for intransigent insomnia.
- Anxiety: While larger doses of Passiflora act as a hypnotic and induce sleep, smaller doses can treat anxiety.
- Inflammation: Passiflora contains the flavonoid chrysin, a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is involved in many chronic diseases, making it necessary to use anti-inflammatory medications for long periods of time.
Passiflora fruit has some healing properties, but the main medicinal value in the passiflora species is in the leaves and stems. Passiflora vines contain potent flavonoids and other active ingredients, and have a wide range of healing actions.