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Passion Flower

Passion flower is a traditional medicinal herb, used for the temporary relief of symptoms associated with stress, such as mild anxiety.  Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata L.) is a beautiful, common wildflower in the US and a popular garden plant in the UK, where it is often found climbing up fences and walls, flowering in July with large, bluish, purple-white flower heads. Its name comes from the supposed resemblance of the blossoms in the centre of Christ’s crown of thorns at the crucifixion. The Council of Europe lists passion flower as a natural source of food flavouring.

As with many herbs, passion flower has been used medicinally for centuries and it seems to have links back to many churches and monasteries that had healing medicinal gardens. It was also widely used by the Aztecs as a sedative and analgesic. Passion flower also contains an active constituent called harmine, which appears to induce a contemplative state. It was apparently use....

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