Parts used: Herb
Anodyne, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, nervine, sedative
Calcium and magnesium
Passion flower is very soothing on the nervous system and for conditions such as insomnia, hysteria, anxiety and hyperactivity. It is also useful for eye conditions such as inflammations, dimness of vision and eye irritations.
Passion flower depresses the central nervous system to help with insomnia, anxiety and nervousness and may be useful in lowering high blood pressure. Combinations containing valerian and passion flower are considered very useful as a natural tranquilizer. Passion flower is thought to be safe for children as well as the elderly.
Passion flower contains complex substances that work on the nervous system as a sedative. The components responsible for the overall effect are not specifically known. The extract of passion flower has been found to reduce locomotor activity and prolong sleep. One of the active ingredients of the plant is thought to be passiflorine, which has some similar activity to morphine. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that may be useful for those suffering from arthritis. Another possible benefit of passion flower is its ability to kill a wide variety of organisms, such as yeasts, molds, and bacteria. As an antispasmodic, passion flower works on the digestive system smooth muscles as well as the uterine muscles, making it effective as a digestive aid and for menstrual cramps.
Passion flower contains calcium and magnesium, both essential for the nervous system.