Passionflower. Passiflora incarnata
(Maypop) Important sedative used to treat insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, nervous disorders — especially in children. It is very safe; no side effects or contraindications are known. The herb is taken as a tea or in tablet or tincture form. Now incorporated in many commercial products, this herb has become a significant American herbal crop in the Southern U.S. and Central America. Germination can be slow and erratic — usually 30-50%. Leaching seeds in running water for 24 hours improves germination. Grows as a vine.
Produces showy sweet-scented flowers and edible fruits.
Packet. 5 seeds.
Passionflower is a climbing vine plant. Its flowers have traditionally been used to calm people and to treat insomnia. Although the flowers have been used for years, scientists and the medical community are not quite sure how the plant works. It may increase gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. GABA helps you calm down by reducing the activity of some brain cells. You can take passion flower either as a tea or as drops to help you sleep. If you take any medications, you should check with your doctor first.