Passionflower – Calm Thyself…or Someone Else!

In our many experiments here at the Asylum with various herbs provided in abundance by God/Mother Earth/the Universe or some cabal of jokesters who put us here for their amusement, one of our favorites is the calming herb known as Passionflower.

There are about 500 known species of passionflower. This is just one herb that God has seen fit to provide us with 500 species. Amazing! The name, though, is misleading as some would think that its benefits would extend to tricks and feats of endurance or acrobatics associated with activities in the bedroom.  Such is not the case with this herb. Its name was given to it by Spanish explorers and missionaries who believe the flower closely resembled the crown of thorns worn by Christ during his passion.

With 500 species of the plant, there are, obviously, a variety of benefits. Native Americans have used it to treat boils, wounds, earaches, and liver problems. Today, it is used primarily for its seductive and calming action.



The magic of the passion flower can be observed in how it works. Passion flower works on the nerves by toning the sympathetic nerve, and also by improving the blood circulation and the nutrition that the nerves receive. The flower works gently, and sedates a person smoothly, and reduced the symptoms of over-activity and panic in a person, thereby making it a mild, non-addictive herbal tranquilizer.

Magical, indeed!

Other uses of this miraculous herb are to alleviate the symptoms of diarrhea, hot flashes associated with menopause, hemorrhoids and high blood pressure associated with stress.  It also has been used to treat withdrawal symptoms for cocaine, heroin, opium and alcohol abuse.

Studies show that Passion flower may help fight Parkinson’s disease, cancer, HIV, leukemia, epilepsy, and more. The herb contains alkaloids and flavonoids that are considered effective non-addictive sedatives ~

Our use of the wonderful herb is to calm the mind after a long day dealing with the perplexing questions on life that continue to bewitch and bewilder us.  It is indeed, miraculous!

Passionflower herbs can be found and purchased in tea and extract forms.

And to musically contribute to that calming and seductive place, we send along one of our favorites:


W. A. Mozart – Piano Concerto In D Minor, K 466; 2nd Movement


Medical disclaimer: Avoid Passion flower during pregnancy. Do not use Passion Flower if taking MAO inhibiting anti-depressants drugs. Do not use Passion flower when driving, when operating heavy machinery, or when using any dangerous equipment. Always consult with a healthcare professional or natural medicinal guru before taking any herbal remedies especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.

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