In 060482.366, several herbs used in Mexican traditional
medicine are discussed including chamomile (manzanilla), peppermint, prickly
pear cactus, creosote bush, mullein, dandelion, linden, and aloe. Many of these
herbs have either digestive or sedative properties.
Along with chamomile and linden, passionflower has
traditionally been used for problems involving anxiety, nervousness,
depression, and insomnia. Including the other uses mentioned in the HerbClip,
passionflower has been traditional used to increase urination, lower blood
pressure, expel worms, reduce spasms and convulsions, calm coughs, and relieve
pain. As the name might imply, passionflower has also been used as an
Passion fruit is one of the most delectable treats and is
made into sherbets, jams, and jellies as well as juiced. I was introduced to
the juice while in Peru
three years ago and have wished since then that I could find it in the US.
Fortunately, Santa Cruz Organic® has introduced an Organic Passionfruit Nectar
in 2008. The beautiful flower, which comes in a variety of colors but usually
has several petals with tendrils in a different color on top of the petals,
another color for the center, and protruding stamen and stigmas, is thought by
some to provide the name.
The above ground parts, flower, stem, and leaves, are all
used for medicinal purposes. Although available in capsules, tinctures, and
tablets, the dried aerial parts can also be made into a tea and drunk two to
three times daily. The bruised leaves can also be applied topically to skin
bruises. In Germany,
passionflower must be composed of the whole or cut dried aerial parts and
collected during the flowering and fruiting period to be considered
pharmacopeial grade, according to the German Commission E.
See HC 070134.249 for a study on passionflower and its
use for male libido.
Lori Glenn, Managing Editor