Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is an exotic, vine-like plant with stunning flowers and edible fruit. But many are unaware that it also contains alkaloids that can produce calming, anti-anxiety effects. These effects have given passionflower its reputation as a sleep aid.
Research on passionflower has indicated that it may improve sleep quality and reduce the time it takes to fall asleep. These benefits have been shown both in rats and humans. If you’re having trouble sleeping, pick up a bag of passionflower tea at your local health food store or online (links below) and brew yourself a cup before bed.
Passionflower is typically drunk in the form of tea or taken in capsules. A cup of passionflower tea 15 to 30 minutes before bedtime is reported to be effective for insomnia. Exact dosages have not been studied for sleep troubles.
Short-term side effects of passionflower may include:
Passionflower has not been studied for its long-term side effects. Large amounts taken over a period of time may be unsafe.
Contact your healthcare provider if you have any concerns about passionflower side effects.