Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)
A subtropical vine native to the Americas, Passion flower's herbaceous shoots bear three-lobed, finely-serrated leaves and highly ornamental, flesh-colored or yellowish, sweet-scented flowers, tinged with purple. The ripe, orange-colored, ovoid, many-seeded berry is about the size of a tennis ball. The yellowish pulp is edible and sweet.
The dried, above-ground parts are listed in the pharmacopoeias of the U.S., India, Great Britain, and other countries.
In a double-blind trial, healthy adults who drank a tea made from passionflower (flowers, leaves, seeds, and stems) for 1 week showed a subjectively higher quality of sleep than those who drank a placebo tea.
Directions: To make a tea, pour hot water (150 mL) over 1 teaspoonful (2 to 3 g) of the dried herb and strain after 10 minutes. Drink 1 cup of the freshly prepared tea 2 to 3 times per day and 30 minutes before sleep. No matter the time of day, passionflower makes a GREAT tea!
If using prescription medications, seek the advice of a health care professional before using this product. Not to be taken during pregnancy or if breastfeeding without consulting a health care professional. Not intended for sale to persons under the age of 18 years. Keep out of reach of children.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to cure, treat, diagnose, or prevent any disease.