Passiflora incarnata aka passionflower, maypop, apricot vine, maracuja, apricot vine and water lemon, is a native plant to NC, the southeastern United States and Central and South America. It produces stunning flower and edible fruit, that when ripe, is akin to sour gummies. The plant has a long history as a plant medicine with many Native and Indigenous cultures who primarily used its roots. Modern day usage includes use of the leaves, stems, and flowers. Passionflower is a powerful sleep aid, nervine (encourages feelings of calm and peace), analgesic (pain-relieving) and supports healthy blood pressure.
Instructions: Steep dried passionflower in hot water to create a calming and flavorful tea. It is known for its relaxation properties and may help with sleep.
Ingredients: Dried passionflower, alcohol (such as vodka or brandy)
Instructions: Create a tincture by combining dried passionflower with alcohol. Allow it to sit for a few weeks, shaking it regularly. This can be taken in small doses and may support relaxation.
Passionflower Infused Oil:
Ingredients: Dried passionflower, carrier oil (like olive, almond or jojoba)
Instructions: Infuse dried passionflower in a carrier oil for a few weeks. This oil can be used topically, potentially for skin conditions or as a massage oil for relaxation.
Ingredients: Dried passionflower, water, sweetener (honey, sugar, or alternative)
Instructions: Create a syrup by simmering dried passionflower in water, then straining and adding a sweetener. This syrup can be added to beverages or desserts.
Passionflower Bath Salts:
Ingredients: Epsom salts, dried passionflower, essential oils (optional)
Instructions: Mix Epsom salts with dried and crushed passionflower. Add a few drops of essential oils if desired. Use these bath salts for a relaxing and aromatic bath.
Passionflower Herbal Smoking Blend:
Ingredients: Dried passionflower leaves, other herbs like mint, holy basil, or hemp flower
Instructions: Create a calming herbal smoking blend by mixing dried passionflower leaves with other herbs. This can be used as a tobacco alternative.
Ingredients: Ground dried passionflower
Instructions: Fill empty capsules with ground dried passionflower for a convenient way to take passionflower supplements.
Disclaimer: Information shared on this site is for educational purposes. The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment or advice. Please consult your medical care provider before using herbal medicine, particularly if you have a known medical condition or if you are pregnant or nursing. Although we do our best to provide accurate and useful information, you are responsible to research and verify information before relying on it. We are medicinal plant and herbs farmers, herbalists, and tea blenders. We are not licensed or registered healthcare practitioners. We are also believers in the safety and efficacy of botanical medicine.
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