This plant is characterized by being used with good frequency in the ornamental field, since it has a climbing development.
It is a plant that comes directly from Latin America and is currently cultivated also in the old continent.
Passionflower can be easily found on the market since it is available in different herbal forms: from mother tincture to fluid extract, without forgetting the dry extract and herbal tea.
Passionflower is often particularly widespread as a particularly important plant from a therapeutic and homeopathic point of view due to its ability to act as a real anxiolytic as well as, as we have already said, as a sleep inducer.
In particular, the presence of flavonoids allows it to carry out an important calming action in all those situations dominated by nervousness.
It is a medicinal plant which, when it is taken respecting all the doses that have been recommended, is free of any type of contraindication and moreover, it has the characteristic of not causing side effects, but not even any interaction with products. pharmaceuticals.
There mother tincture of passionflower it is used above all to promote sleep, as well as obviously extend its duration, trying to eliminate any type of disturbance that could undermine the tranquility and serenity of night rest.
There mother tincture of passionflower it is indicated, above all, when one intends to fight all those states of extreme stress, caused by a nervous origin.
Often, in fact, we are particularly angular in our relationships with other people, since we are too stressed due to, for example, difficulties and problems related to work rather than school: on these occasions, the mother tincture of passionflower can undoubtedly be effective.
The mother tincture of passionflower, therefore, manages to demonstrate all its beneficial properties when there is the need to provide for the cure of sleep, but also to counteract the states of strong emotionality, anguish and adapts very well to be used also for the treatment of asthma and gastritis.
It is a herbal preparation that can boast an important antidepressant property against the nervous system.
How to use
The mother tincture of passionflower, in most cases, can be found on the market in the form of bottles of fifty milliliters.
In all these cases, the most "popular" methods of administration by herbalists are those that correspond to a quantity of drops between twenty and fifty (the maximum threshold), to always be diluted in a glass of water, in such a way to limit the presence of alcohol with which the tincture is prepared.
The mother tincture of passionflower, let us remember, should not be taken more than three times in the same day.
Like all the other plants that can boast the ability to act positively on the nervous system, passionflower also manages to cause more relevant beneficial effects when it is used in synergy.
This explains why passionflower is particularly suitable to be associated with other medicinal plants, such as lime, lemon balm, valerian and oats, which are extremely suitable to accompany the mother tincture of passionflower.
Passionflower is a medicinal plant that is often used because of its calming and sedative properties, especially against nervous states and disorders that undermine night sleep.
In most cases, passionflower is characterized in the form of capsules and tablets that can be safely chewed, but also in the form of herbal teas and infusions.
Passionflower mother tincture can also be usefully used for the treatment of insomnia: often, in fact, the fact of not sleeping enough leads to irrational and aggressive reactions and behaviors.
In all these cases, we can certainly underline how the mother tincture of passionflower is able to play a very important role in the treatment of insomnia.
In many cases, moreover, it must be emphasized that the mother tincture of passionflower is associated with the valerian root, in such a way as to enhance its effects.
Among the main characteristics of passionflower, we can also find an excellent concentration of active ingredients, among which certainly a first-rate role is occupied by flavonoids, fatty and organic acids, alkaloids, sterols and amino acids.
Passion flower mother tincture: Curiosity
The passionflower plant was brought to the old continent thanks to the work of Emmanuel de Villegas, an Augustinian father who was returning home after a mission in Mexico.
The natives used to define the passionflower plant with the term granadilla, from which they also used to consume the fruit that is inside.
There tincture it is a liquid preparation obtained by extracting from a plant the part that constitutes the drug (ie the active ingredients) by means of or maceration with a suitable solvent. The solvent most used in mother tinctures is a hydroalcoholic solution (water + alcohol) with a variable alcohol content (most often between 60 ° and 80 °) depending on the solubility of the active ingredients to be extracted, therefore on the type of plant . Distilled water is added to pure alcohol to reach the required alcohol content. This technique allows you to keep the active ingredients extracted for a long time, without altering them, and to take them easily.
The official Italian Pharmacopoeia establishes that for the mother tincture the hydroalcoholic solution (water + alcohol) is added to the plant in a ratio of 1 to 10. This ratio is obtained considering as a starting point the weight of the dry plant and the maceration in the solution that as a result it must last about 21 days. After this time, the macerate obtained is first subjected to filtering, then through the pressing procedure it is placed to rest for at least two days, in a completely dark place, away from direct light.
The starting point for producing a mother tincture can be both the fresh plant and the dry plant, but conventionally in the first case we speak of mother tincture, in the second, more specifically, of officinal tincture.
In any case, for it to be effective, the plant must be harvested from its natural habitat and in its balsamic time, that is, in the period in which its production of active ingredients is greater. The parts of the plant involved can be flowers, leaves, roots, fruits, seeds, bark.
This preparation forms the core of many natural remedies and allows you to exploit the properties of a plant to their maximum effectiveness.
Passionflower: the general characteristics
Passionflower is a perennial climbing herbaceous plant. It has thin, green liana-like stems, covered with bark. The passionflower plant is the one that produces passion fruit Passiflora incarnata and is a plant belonging to the family of Passifloraceae.
The leaves of the are lanceolate and the flowers, which appear in summer are hermaphroditic, axillary and solitary, are colored and endowed with nectar glands. The fruits are edible and are ovoid or elongated berries with yellow gelatinous pulp with heart-shaped seeds. Passionflower is a tropical medicinal plant that grows well in Central and South America, although some species come from North America, Asia and Australia.
Passionflower arrived in Europe in 1610 imported by Father Emmanuel de Villegas. The curate was immediately attracted to the fruit and struck in particular by the fact that the flower reproduced the tools used in the condemnation of Jesus. The flower of the plant in fact had characteristics similar to the crown of thorns, wounds, nails and scourges. Therefore the name passiflora attributed to the plant in 1735 derives from its fruit, the passion fruit, which remembered the passion of Christ.
PASSIFLORA mother tincture aerial parts 100 ml
Product description -
The Mother Tincture PASSIFLORA aerial parts 100 ml it can promote well-being by contributing positively to the quality of sleep.
Biokyma is an Italian company that cultivates and collects many of the plants used as the basis of mother tinctures, because it believes in the importance of investing in our territory, both in economic terms and in human relations. The extraction of the active ingredients of fresh plants is carried out within a short time after processing the fresh plants, for maximum phytotherapeutic efficiency of the phytocomplex.
The plant processing process and the extraction phase take place within the Biokyma Laboratories, where expert technicians select the best parts and check every step of the processing on a daily basis.
The extraction protocol was studied and adapted to the morphological and phytochemical typology of the plant species to be extracted to optimize the extraction of the active ingredients.
Passionflower: properties, use, contraindications
Passion flower, the passion fruit plant, is useful against anxiety, stress and menstrual pain. Find out the benefits, when to use it, when to avoid it.
There passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is a plant belonging to the family of Passifloraceae. Thanks to his calming action, is one of the most used phytotherapeutic remedies for disorders of the nerve sphere. Let's find out better.
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Properties of passionflower
The leaves and aerial parts of the passionflower they contain alkaloids, flavonoids, phytosterols, phenol acids, coumarins, heterosides, cyanogens, traces of essential oil. THE flavonoids it contains an action on the central nervous system, especially in the area of the spinal cord, used to control movements and sleep centers.
It has recently been shown that these active ingredients are able to bind to benzodiazepine receptors located in the brain, thus explaining thecalming action of this plant, which makes it one of the most used herbal remedies in nervous disorders.
The properties of the plant are, essentially sedative, and anxiolytic, and make the plant an extremely effective remedy in fighting insomnia, because they stimulate a physiological sleep without awakening at night, without producing a sense of morning numbness, and narcotic effects or addiction in case of stress, anxiety and a sense of anguish in the forms of hysterical neurosis , phobic, obsessive and post traumatic in menopausal disorders, such as nervousness, irritability, depression, tachycardia, dyspnoea, hot flashes, and is preventative for heart attacks.
The armanic alkaloids they also have aantispasmodic action, as they relax the smooth muscle tissue of the uterus, the gastrointestinal and bronchial systems. The intake of passionflower is therefore induced in case of menstrual pain, in case of cramps caused by irritable bowel syndrome of nervous origin, cough, and in all forms of pain characterized by spasms.
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How to use
By infusion: to be drunk as needed.
Passionflower mother tincture: 30 drops diluted in water to be taken even 3 times a day or 30-40 before going to sleep.
Passionflower has some side effects and contraindications. Due to its potential oxytocin effect due to the presence of harmalines can cause uterine contractions, therefore it is not recommended for pregnant women. Interactions of Passionflower with anxiolytic drugs have been highlighted to the extent that it can enhance the side and unwanted effects.
Description of the plant
Perennial herbaceous plant with climbing and liana shrubs (5-6 m.) Il stem abundantly branched, it is thin, green in young specimens, covered with bark in old subjects.
The leaves they are alternate, lanceolate, in the armpits there are the anchoring organs, in the shape of tendrils. THE flowers they are normally hermaphroditic, axillary and solitary, have three bracts of various shapes, sometimes colored and equipped with nectar glands, the more or less elongated calyx, with 5 sepals, 5 petals, sometimes absent, and a crown of filaments is normally present.
THE fruits they are generally ovoid or elongated berries, covered with a light integument which, when ripe, turns yellow, inside the fruit there is a gelatinous pulp (aril) which contains small seeds of flattened shape, heart-shaped, dark in color, leathery and wrinkled.
The habitat of the passionflower
Passionflower is an ornamental climbing plant native to the tropical and subtropical areas of central and South America, some species come from North America and others from Asia and Australia today also cultivated in our regions and in many countries with a temperate-warm climate.
This plant was introduced in Europe in 1610 from Emmanuel de Villegas, an Augustinian father returning from Mexico. He was fascinated by a plant that produced an extraordinary flower, which the natives called granadillaand of which they ate the fruit (the famous passion fruit).
The missionary was struck by the flower as he associated with it the passion and crucifixion of Jesus Christ: the crown of colored filaments surrounding the ovary was the crown of thorns the 5 stamens, the 5 wounds of Jesus the 3 stigmas, the 3 nails the 5 petals and the 5 sepals the apostles remained faithful to Jesus the androgynophore the column of the flagellation and the tendrils the scourges.
As soon as he returned home he showed the plant to Father Giocomo Bosio, and was so fascinated by it that he wrote, in the same year, a "Treatise on the Crucifixion of Our Lord" with the first description of the flower that was called Passion embodied . And, in fact, the name of the genus, adopted by Linnaeus in 1753 is passiflora from the Latin passio which means "passion" is flos, “flower”.
A recipe with passionflower
INFUSION: 1 level tablespoon of leaves and aerial parts of passionflower, 1 cup of water
Pour the plant into boiling water and turn off the heat. Cover and leave to infuse for 10 min. Filter the infusion and drink it when needed in case of anxiety, nervousness, palpitations or before going to sleep to take advantage of its sweet sedative action
Passiflora incarnata L.
Passiflora incarnata is a plant native to the United States, which has easily acclimatized even in Italy, and some varieties are often grown by us as ornamental or fruit plants. It is a climber that can reach up to 80 dm in height and is equipped with twining stems and tendrils, almost always with a perennial cycle, except in rare cases in which it behaves as a biennial. During the winter, the dry epigeal part disappears completely and reappears in spring.
The leaves are alternately long petiolate, deeply divided into three acute oval lobes, finely toothed with cirrus clouds often present in the axilla. The flowers are solitary, large, and long pedunculated with a calyx with five greenish sepals externally and white or purple internally, with a corolla formed by five white petals and a crown of numerous purple filaments in the center of the flower the five large stamens with orange anthers stand out . The fruit is an ovoid green berry with a thin pericarp and spongy pulp containing numerous black seeds and wrinkled on the surface and equipped with a whitish aril. The flowers have a scalar antesis and can frequently be found on the same plants as fruits and flowers. and appear between July and September.
Properties and uses
The plant has aromatizing properties (the fruits), and sedative, sleep-inducing, antinevralgic, narcotic, analgesic, tranquilizing properties (the flowering shoots) and is used in the form of infusion, tincture, fluid extract.
Land and environment
Passionflower grows well in well exposed and fresh soils, rich in humus and well fertilized. it is absolutely necessary to avoid water stagnation, especially in the winter months, too cold soils and exposures to the north.
The planting can be performed by direct sowing or by transplanting young seedlings, the direct sowing operation in the field is performed in April. The germination of the seed is scaled and continues for a long time. The weight of 1000 seeds is 35-40 g. Passionflower can also be multiplied by cuttings in the months of July-August, by taking cuttings of 8-10 cm in length. the transplanting of rooted cuttings into the ground can be done in the following spring.
Sowing is carried out by placing the seed at a distance of 80-100 cm between the rows and 15-20 cm along the row, about 15 kg of seed per hectare are required.
In the first year the seedlings develop slowly, and frequent weeding and hoeing allow to ensure a good development of the passion flower and to reduce the presence of new shoots in the inter-row. It is important that the plant is clean and free of weeds, especially during the harvest period. With the weeding, small quantities of nitrogen can be brought to the soil, useful for stimulating the development of the plant. It will be advisable to carry out a correct rotation in order to ensure a clean soil for the plant, to ensure a good development of the plant and an easy regrowth after the first mowing it is good to irrigate.
Passionflower makes use of the presence of organic substance in the soil and nitrogen fertilizations, the contribution of 350-400 q / ha of mature manure and 100-120 units / hectare of nitrogen fertilizer to be distributed at the vegetative restart, after each mowing, and 80-10 units per hectare of phosphorus and potassium an excess of nitrogen can lead to a delay in flowering and a weakening of the plants against pathogens and parasites.
Collection and yield
In the summer period and in particular in the month of August, flowering begins, which lasts until the end of September, and often there are fruits and flowers at the same time in this period the green mass is cut, which must be quickly placed in the drying room or in the shade. Homogeneous drying of the plant is not always easy as leaves, stems, flowers and fruits are present at the same time, therefore this must last for a long time in order to ensure a certain uniformity and good shelf life of the product.
In subsequent years of production it is possible to make two harvests per year: the first in July and the second in September, the second cut is less abundant but of higher quality.
A characteristic of the plant is that of branching a lot from the rhizomes, emitting new shoots in the inter-rows, therefore during the growth of the plants the various branches intertwine enormously, making harvesting difficult. The dry mass production produced by one hectare of land is 40-45 quintals.
Virotic symptoms with yellowing of the leaves have been found, especially at the level of the veins.
The relaxing DIY herbal tea
Having a small herbal store in your pantry can help treat a variety of ailments. Airtight glass jars are ideal for holding and storing dried herbs and flowers to infuse. Here are the ingredients of a relaxing herbal tea with concrete beneficial properties:
- 1 teaspoon of dried lavender
- 1 teaspoon of dried valerian root
- 2 teaspoons of dried passionflower
- 1 teaspoon of dried orange peel
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried ginger
How to do? Mix the indicated doses of lavender, valerian, passionflower with dried orange peel and ginger and leave to infuse in boiling water for about 15-20 minutes, then filtered with gauze or a tightly meshed strainer. Drink the tea hot or cold, an hour before bed, or even during the day if you are feeling particularly tense or agitated.