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Passionflower


Question: Passion flower


I have a beautiful passion flower plant, please tell me when to pick flowers and leaves to make herbal teas. Thanks

Answer: Passion flower


Dear Nica,
the passionflower is a suffruticosa, climbing plant, native to South America, from where it was exported all over the world; it is in fact also cultivated in Europe, where it is in some areas escaped from crops; in some areas with a tropical climate in the world, passion flower is considered a weed, because it tends to develop excessively. In herbal medicine, flowers and leaves are used to prepare herbal teas, usually mixed with lemon balm and fennel seeds, because they have been shown to have anti-anxiety, anti insomnia, and are also useful against nervousness, to stimulate sleep, and even against gastrointestinal problems due to stress. The flowers and leaves can be used fresh, and are harvested at the time of greatest flowering, or in the month of May-June (depending on the area); after harvest they can be dried in the sun and stored for the winter. Most of the herbal teas in which the passionflower is present also contain other herbs, but this plant can also be used alone, mixing leaves and flowers; use a dose of about 100 g of flowers and leaves per liter of infusion water, and leave them to infuse for about 10 minutes; Passiflora is often used in the summer period, to combine sleep when the season is annoyingly hot. Clear that if the disorder persists, or other symptoms are added to it, it is advisable to consult the doctor, so as to integrate the herbal tea with other products, pharmaceutical or herbal. In many areas the passion flower is used to prepare infusions for children, mixing the infusion with apples, to make it more pleasant. Although these are plants with exotic origins, passiflores are also grown in Italy, and some species are rustic, which is why it is not difficult to get flowers and leaves for use in herbal teas; when we collect plants that we will use for herbal teas, we look for healthy plants, free of insects, and that have not been treated with insecticides or fungicides, or the residual substances on the leaves will alter the composition of the herbal tea. In addition to this, let us strictly adhere to the doses indicated, avoiding the production of "more concentrated" teas, adding excessive amounts of plants to the water of the herbal tea, this is because, although many plants display the presence of some mainly beneficial active substances, they do not it is said that in large doses the same plants cannot also have harmful effects, or even simply annoying.