Passiflora against insomnia

Valerian, hops, lemon balm, passion flower, lavender. There are many herbs for insomnia, but they do not always help. and that is also because when choosing an herb, one must take into account not only the ailment, but also the person in question. You must therefore also tailor herbs personally. Medicinal herbs should not only be chosen based on the ailment, but also on the underlying cause and on the person himself. And that is not always self-evident. Especially for nervous disorders and insomnia, herbs must be personally tailored. You can make that choice of herbs based on the symptoms the person has and the different properties that belong to the plant.

For example, Passionflower, Passiflora incarnata

The passion flower seems to belong to that group of plants that work not only qualitatively but quantitatively. The dose ­is tailored to the intensity of the complaint. Almost exclusively the tincture or extracts are used. It is therefore possible that one time 5 drops ­is sufficient and another time 60 drops have to be used. Sixty drops is a completely harmless dose, because the passion flower has hardly any side effects. The main action is aimed at nervous disorders, especially if they are accompanied by irritability and confused feelings. One thinks mainly of someone who, for example, smokes one cigarette after another before an exam, someone ­who does not know what to do with his hands and feet in such a situation, who walks restlessly back and forth, and so on.
The most important indication for choosing passion flower is: if the person in question shows a tendency to cramp in such a situation. This can range from unpleasant twitching of the facial muscles to curling fingers ­and a full-blown attack of cramps due to hysteria. In connection with this, it will not surprise you that passion flower is also used against other types of cramps. Finally, compared to other herbs for insomnia, passion flower has a very useful analgesic effect. This is sometimes very welcome, for example in case of toothache, which is often accompanied by fear of the dentist.
Passiflora is also suitable for children in puberty who have motor and psychological restlessness. (Mezger). So definitely also worth trying for ADHD and the like.

In summary: the leading symptoms for the use of passion flower:

  • Tension and irritability
  • Muscle cramps of all kinds, tight feelings
  • Insomnia due to tension
  • Mild to moderate pain.

In addition, passion flower, as well as avena (oats), reduce withdrawal ­symptoms . The active substances in this context are chemically related (indole alkaloids).

Dosage and use

Usually the commercially available preparation ‘passiflora’ is used as the mother tincture (1:5).

  • As a sedative: 5 to 20 drops 3 times a day.
  • As a relaxing sleep aid: take the first dose of 5 to 50 drops 3 hours before bedtime and the second just before. Increasing the dose above 60 drops is pointless. If the calming effect proves insufficient at that amount, it is better to consider a mixture with other plants ­.


A mixture recommended by Pahlow is:

  • Passiflora mother tincture (1/5) Passiflora caerulea 30cc
  • Valerian tincture / Valeriana officinalis 30cc
  • Bitter orange tincture (bitter orange) / Citrus aurantium 5cc

One hour before going to bed, 1 teaspoon in a glass of water or herbal tea.
Or mix the ingredients as follows: 30 drops of passiflora, 30 drops of valerian and 5 drops of bitter orange. A teaspoon contains about 65 drops ­, so that’s pretty good.

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