|Passion Flower: "The
association of the passionflower with Christ dates back to the seventeenth
century. The five petals and five sepals of the flower represented the
ten faithful apostles (absent are Judas, the traitor, and Peter, who denied he
knew Christ). The dramatic corona resembled the crown of thorns that
Jesus wore; the five stamens represented Christ's five wounds; the curling
tendrils symbolized the cords used to whip him; and the leaves were thought to
represent the hands of Christ's persecutors." Rodale's
Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs
Passionflower extract has a
slightly narcotic effect when taken internally. It has been used as a
tranquilizer to treat tension, fatigue, insomnia, and muscle
spasms. In small doses it has no known toxicity. A cup of
medicinal passionflower tea can be made with 1/2 to one teaspoon of the dried
herb to one cup of boiling water. Smoking passionflower was supposed to
impart a marijuana-like high.
In an herbal bath it's
Passionflower is not
recognized as safe or effective in the United States but continues to be used
in quite a few sedative-hypnotic drug mixtures marketed in Europe.
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