The "Passion" in "passion flower" refers to the passion of Jesus in Christian theology. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Spanish Christian missionaries adopted the unique physical structures of this plant, particularly the numbers of its various flower parts, as symbols of the last days of Jesus and especially his crucifixion.
Blue passion flower (P. caerulea) showing most elements of the Christian symbolism
Native to the southern United States, Passiflora incarnata is now widely cultivated throughout the US and Europe. Passionflower is utilized for its gentle calming properties. Passionflower is cooling to the body, calming to the mind, and soothing to the spirit. It quells disquietude, calms the ruminating mind, and can promote natural relaxation and helps in coping with stress. This plant is gentle yet profound. It can be administered as a soothing tea for children or the elderly and can help to calm a restless mind. Other common names include apricot vine, maypop, and wild passionflower.
Passion flower helps with anxiety, stress management, and related digestive problems. I find it to be one of the very best herbs for sleep dysfunction.
Our VALERIAN COMPLEX contains Passion Flower herb 5:1 extract 100 mg (from Passiflora incamata herb 500 mg).
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